English Bulldog “Screw Tail” Care

Hey there English Bulldog lover,

Today we wanted to share a little about English Bulldog ‘Screw Tails’ and how to take care of them.  Our little girl Noble (our 12 month old bully) has a ‘screw tail’ and we learned from Jan Oswald and her Healthy Bulldog E-book that we really need to stay on top of cleaning it to make sure she doesn’t get a Yeast infection. 

So far we haven’t had to clean Noble’s screw tail every day but you may need to depending on your English Bulldog. 

It’s important to clean all the little folds so your bully doesn’t get an infection.  We use regular, non-scented, alcohol-free Baby Wipes to clean her tail and they work great.  You can pick these up at any supermarket. 

Regular cleaning will keep the yeast problems at bay and keep your English Bulldog healthy and happy. 

All the best,

Kyle and Trinity

PS – If you have an English Bulldog we strongly recommend you check out Jan’s ‘Healthy Bulldog’ E-book so you can learn all the tips and insider tricks to keeping your English Bulldog healthy.  To learn more Click Here….

16 thoughts on “English Bulldog “Screw Tail” Care”

  1. Definitely true. It’s something I think a lot of Bully owners don’t think about since you don’t usually have to worry about it with most breeds. I think that cleaning the tail and the folds on the face are the biggest issues (although I’ve heard of some losing dogs because they aren’t careful about the breathing issues). Great post!

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  3. Our bully has a corkscrew tail, we have tried lots of things to treat it. we clean daily w/baby wipes and have applied different meds.
    it is still red and irritated and because of that, since he cant scratch it, he chews his feet obsessivly. please help any suggestions?

  4. I’m so excited to have found your blog! My husband and I have an English bulldog puppy named Watson. He’s 5 months old and just recently had surgery for cherry eye & is stuck in a cone for a few more days. (Please feel free to check out our blog as I have pictures/video of our “little boy” Watson!)

    All of your information was very useful and interesting. Please continue to post! I’d love to read & learn more!!!

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  5. Our bully, LuLu, also has a cork screw tail – or as my daughter says; she has a honeybun stuck to her butt. And it is pretty tight. A good cleaning every couple of days with the baby wipe works well; however, my vet prescribes malotic ointment which works wonders for yeast! Just a little dab goes a long way and if LuLu’s tail is especially irritated I will put some Malotic on it.

  6. Yes! Cleaning and keeping the tail pocket DRY is key! One of our precious bullies had an infection once because we were unaware of this… The vet then told us his tail was super tight and would probably have more infections regardless of how much we took care of it.. We eventually had to get his tail amputated which was a very hard choice to make. I posted a story about it on my personal blog (http://www.mysimpleeveryday.com/2010/06/harrys-tale.html), if you want to read more about it. He is very happy nowadays and we haven’t had an issue since. His brother still has his tail, but we make sure to clean it twice a week!

  7. When you have a dog, you always know the responsibility of taking good care of it. I know that it may be hassle at first but as you get used to it, it will be much easier most especially if you love bulldogs.

  8. I am fostering a 6 month old english bulldog puppy who has spina bifida. I clean around her tail every day because she can not control her bowels and therefore has to wear a diaper. I guess I don’t have to worry about any infections since I clean it several times a day!

    Anyway, please visit my website to learn more about her. I just took a video of me changing her diaper… 🙂

  9. I have a 16 month old bully and I’m concerned about his tail. He has the tight corkscrew tail. I’ve noticed that parts of it are black and falls out, and although it doesn’t seem to bother him, im worried. Does anybody have any advice or have the same issues? I recently saw a bully with no tail and am terrified that that’ll happen to my boy. Help!

  10. This is excellent advice and I think it goes for other breeds of bulldogs also! Not only should their tails be cleaned regularly, the folds in their faces should be also!

    I have a Victorian Bulldogge and we keep a constant eye on the tail and face. Although they are not as prone to problems as english bulldogs, it’s a good habit to get into.

  11. i find that putting medicated powder (Johnsons & Johnsons) all over my 4 month bully, especially the folds on his face and his tail, really help, haven’t had any problems.

  12. I clean our 6month bully’s tail 2-3x’s a week with the eye wipe formula from Dr.s foster’s and Smith. I had to use prescription wipes after a terrible infection he got. Our previous bully didn’t have such a pad pocket, so it does vary from bulldog to bulldog. I found it had the same antiseptic, antifungal ingredients as the prescription pads at a fraction of the cost. So one wipe goes on one end, and a few more wipes, go on the other ends. They’re also great for cleaning all the folds on my Frenchy’s face too.

  13. Try a 50/50 mixture of water and Apple Cider Vinegar. Just dip the baby wipe in it and clean the tail. Daily cleaning may be irritating for some bullies, so try cleaning every other day.
    The ACV helps to control yeast and bacteria. It aslo has many other uses, just google it! Good luck!


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