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Lip Fold Pyoderma




Condition Overview

In breeds with pendulous lips (hanging), folds on the lower lip that make contact with the upper teeth may become inflamed and infected. This tends to occur in St. Bernards, Cocker Spaniels, setters, and some scenthounds.


When the folds are flattened, a raw surface is visible.


The lower skin folds often form pockets with the overlying skin folds of the upper lips, which trap food and saliva, creating a constantly wet environment that favors bacterial growth.


The foul odor is often the reason for seeking medical attention.


The condition can be controlled by cleansing the infected skin fold with a benzoyl peroxide shampoo such as Sulf OxyDex, OxyDex, or Pyoben. Dry the skin and then apply OxyDex or Pyoben gel twice daily for 10 - 14 days. An antibiotic-steroid cream (such as Panolog) can be used twice a day for 2 - 3 days to control inflammation and itching. There are also medical wipes available for cleaning the skin folds.


Cleaning the area on a regular basis will help to control the irritation and bacterial growth.


Please contact your veterinarian with questions regarding this condition.

Show Sources & Contributors +


Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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