Tail pockets are a small indented area under the tail. Some Bullies may have their tail set in the pocket, while others may not have a tail pocket at all. When your fur-baby is young it might be hard to determine whether he has a pocket or not. It’s important to check frequently for the appearance of a tail pocket when he is a puppy so you can provide proper care. The tail pocket can develop dirt and grime build up that may become inflamed, irritated or infected. Regular cleaning will prevent infection and pain.
Clean the Area – You can use pet wipes or a damp, durable paper towel. Carefully clean the area, gently removing dirt from the area. Be very calm and gentle when doing this, your baby-bully is very sensitive in this area. Keep cleaning until there are no visible signs of dirt left in the tail pocket or on the pet wipe.
Dry the Area – Moisture can grow into bacteria and cause an infection. Use a dry durable paper towel and gently pat around the area to soak up moisture.
Take Preventative Measures – Since tail pocket can easily become infected, using a diaper rash cream is recommended. Carefully apply a small amount cream to the tail pocket. A thin layer is plenty.
Encourage Dryness – Moisture can’t develop in dry areas. Use a powder, baby powder or medicated powder prescribed by the veterinarian and apply to the tail pocket area. At times you may find that the powder dissolves or requires removal during the next tail pocket cleaning session.
Pet owners may become nervous the first time they clean the tail pocket. If you feel that you may do something wrong, you can always consult with a groomer or veterinarian. They will be happy to demonstrate the proper procedure for cleaning the tail pocket. Since the area needs frequent cleaning, this is a procedure that you will want to become accustomed to as a fur-mom or dad.
If you avoid the area or don’t have it cleaned frequently the tail pocket can become extremely irritated, raw patches or dry patches can develop and an infection can become severe. At the first sign of redness and irritation take your fur-kid to the veterinarian. The veterinarian will provide topical treatment or medication to reduce the symptoms and heal the area.
Many new Bulldog pet parents are not aware of the tail pocket and only discover it when a problem has developed. Pet parents may notice a foul odor or sticky substance coming from the tail pocket. At this point, it is best to consult with a veterinarian before trying any type of treatment. Both of these signs of odor and discharge are symptoms of an infection that has manifested in the area.
Don’t be shy to discuss this issue with the veterinarian. They much rather inform you about the area and teach you proper care than have your little fur-kid have repeated visits for the same issue reoccurring throughout their lifetime.