One of the most prevalent gastro problems in Frenchie Bulldogs is usually digestion issues. The digestive problem can be experienced by both human beings and franchise, and it can become a very big problem if not properly handled. Frenchie Bulldogs are an adorable baby breed of Frenchie, cute and intelligent. Frenchies are playful and funny – These are among some of the main reasons why we all love French Bulldogs. So, letting this lovely friend of ours go through gastro problems without help from us is the very last thing I want to do to my French Bulldog and I believe you, too.
That’s why we have put together this piece to help you learn how we can effectively prevent our Frenchies from having stomach issues, like most French Bulldogs and humans too.
First off, let’s identify some of the causes of stomach problems in French Bulldogs. To minimize the length of this article, we are going to categorize these causes into just 3 and discuss them collectively, thus:
1. Facial Structure
2. Some Bacteria Present
3. Medical Conditions
Starting from the first one.
You are probably wondering, what has the structure of a french bulldog’s face got to do with their stomach problem. let me explain. Frenchies are a brachycephalic breed, one thing common among dogs of this breed is that they generally have flat faces, short muzzle, pushed-upper jaw, and not-very-wide nostrils. Because of these facial features of the French Bulldog, the pet usually has problems breathing through the nose. What this makes them do is that they instead breathe through their mouth. So, they take a lot of air into their internal parts, causes them to have a bloated stomach, which leads to Frenchies releasing a lot of gas, (farts). This is also capable of causing an upset stomach.
Some Bacteria Present
Another cause of stomach problems in French Bulldog is the presence of bacteria in the internal tract. Hence, Your Frenchies enzymes are not able to properly digestive some food contents, especially fiber and proteinous foods.
There is also possible that your Frenchie’s Gastro problems are a result of a medical condition. For some French Bulldogs, their medical conditions may be genetic. One of such medical conditions is stomach upset. Pancreatic insufficiency, food intolerance, parasites, or inflammatory bowel disease can sometimes be an addition to the gastrointestinal troubles.
Preventing Gastro Problems in French Bulldogs
1. Choose the right food
French bulldogs can play better with the food that has a very high digestive source of protein and also has fibers that don’t have the bacteria that produces gas in the colon. Try avoiding some things like soy, peas or beans which will be a good initiative. Thing like ‘low-residue’ formula will also work very well. It means that mostly the nutrients of this diet will be absorbed and digested by the pup before they could reach to the microbes which are gassy.
2. Change the meal time
Feeding your Frenchie many times in a day can decrease the quantity of air they swallow in the day. You can feed the dry food and as well as canned food too, it will also help. You can also try feeding on hand.
Check with your pup’s veterinarian: There might be chances of some serious medical or stomach issues, which might need extra care if your pup suffers a lot from stomach problems and the problems are long-lasting. For this, you might consult a doctor to take extra care.
3. Ditch the dairy
It’s common for us to feed milk or cheese to pets. But do you know that milk and cheese have lactose present in them, which is not digested properly by any French Bulldog who is adult. So, you should probably stop feeding dairy products to your French bulldog!
In the end, having some health problems is common among French Bulldogs. With some extra effort and care, these problems of the Frenchies can be reduced to some level. And you can stay relaxed, happy and free of embarrassment, while going out, having fun together, enjoying with your French Bulldog.
An additional pointer to lessen or prevent Frenchie stomach issues is to give them a probiotic. Probiotics help promote good gut bacteria and can contribute to a healthy immune system. Check out our blog about probiotics called Why Your French Bulldog Needs Probiotics.