Why does my French Bulldog fart so much?
Flatulence in French Bulldogs can be very annoying. It may not be attractive, but it will give you valuable information about your dog’s health.
How does flatulence arise?
And what do those farts actually mean?
Content of this article
- My French Bulldog farts a lot
- The cause of flatulence in Frenchies
My French Bulldog farts a lot
Your French Bulldog farts a lot and that makes you the owner not very happy. Yet many owners are well-known with this phenomenon. Sometimes they are just short periods, some dogs have it all their lives.
But it’s not nice at all, because sometimes the smell is so disgusting that you think something is seriously wrong with your Frenchies health.
Flatulence occurs when gas accumulates in the intestines. The gas is created when intestinal bacteria process the food that the dog has received.
Gas formation is very normal. The gas must also leave the body. This often happens in the form of a badly smelling fart. French Bulldog farts can smell horrible.
Every dog has this, just like us humans, so rest assured that it’s not exclusive to the French Bulldog breed!
For the owner, however, this can be pretty unappetizing. But the type and frequency of the farts provide valuable information. (I know this is not your favorite topic, but it needs to be covered so you can tell when your Frenchie is developing some issues)
What does a fart tell you about your dog’s body?
The cause of flatulence in Frenchies
Occasionally a breeze here and there is very normal 🤷♂️. Gas is produced as long as food is processed in the intestine.
But constant or regular flatulence in French Bulldogs, in the form of smelly farts and persistent complaints? That may indicate that something is wrong.
Flatulence can indicate that your Frenchie is sensitive to a certain type of food. Many dogs are allergic to beef protein, chicken meat or dairy.
The gastrointestinal tract gets upset, resulting in a bubbled belly, flatulence, and sometimes diarrhea. This can also manifest itself in skin complaints, such as itching and rash.
In addition, many of our own meals are not suitable for the dog’s stomach. They are too spicy, sweet, fat or salty. Do you want to spoil the dog? Then choose a chew stick of dried buffalo skin or dried fish. Sometimes the cause that your French Bulldog farts a lot is due to giving him leftovers from your dinner.
Unfortunately, flatulence can also indicate an irritated or inflamed intestinal tract. Do the symptoms persist for more than a week? Or does your dog have (bloody) diarrhea? Then consult a veterinarian.
Does your dog suffer from flatulence accompanied by diarrhea? Have it examined by the vet if it lasts longer than 24 hours.
Flatulence can also develop with age. Older dogs are more likely to suffer from it than younger ones. In addition, it can be a side effect of medication.
Some dogs eat very quickly and gulp air when they eat. These air bubbles travel through the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, before leaving again as a nice and strong “wind”.
Flatulence has everything to do with the food that is digested in the intestine. Some types of food are generally accepted to give to a dog but have a low nutritional value.
Think of dry food with a lot of starch or grain. Our modern dog can break down a bit of starch, but the rest only provides fermentation, gas accumulation and large turds.
To resolve long-term flatulence in French Bulldogs, you should first review his diet. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is my dog’s food easy to digest?
- Is this food complete with important vitamins and minerals?
- Does the food contain a lot of starch or grains?
- Does my dog also have flatulence with other types of food?
- Is my dog perhaps allergic or hypersensitive?
- Does my dog have any more complaints?
A well-fed dog has a healthy gastrointestinal tract and a strong immune system. Yet no dog is the same when it comes to food.
One performs best with a certain type of high-quality kibble, the other only feels good with fresh meat.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of food. The fact that your dog reacts hypersensitively to a certain type of food does not mean that he has to use hypoallergenic food.
Fresh meat can also offer a solution in this case.
Change in diet
Are you going to change your Frenchie’s diet? Always do this gradually, by giving more and more of the new food and less and less of the old. Your dog’s gastrointestinal tract is sensitive and needs time to get used to it.
Always try out new diets or dietary items for at least two weeks before drawing to any conclusions. Adjustment needs time.
Are the complaints becoming too severe? Then immediately return to the old diet.
You can also try an elimination diet. With this, you start feeding all over again. The first two weeks you give one type of food – including the snacks.
Is your dog still free of complaints? Then another type of food can be added. If not, start again with one other type of food.
Do you want to know more about food allergies? Then read this blog post on French Bulldog food allergies.
Has the vet found an inflammation? Then it is often treated with anti-inflammatory drugs and antibiotics. Your dog can also be prescribed a specific diet.
You can prevent that your French Bulldog farts, mainly by an appropriate diet and good observation.
No 2 Frenchies are the same. Nevertheless, I have prepared 5 tips for you here.
- Avoid being shocked
Does your dog gobble? Then give him smaller, but more meals per day. Do this at set times, so that you avoid stress and even more shock.
Also, measure the amount of food you give him. Does your dog get enough?
- Always give dog food.
Food for people is not suitable for dogs. Give your dog his own food and snacks, without herbs, added chemicals, and too much fat.
- Watch for allergic reactions
Many dogs are sensitive to beef protein, chicken protein or dairy. The first two are found in a striking number of products. Keep an eye on this!
Food allergy symptoms
A food allergy or food hypersensitivity is an allergic reaction to certain substances in the diet. The hypersensitivity reaction may manifest itself in the skin and the gastrointestinal tract. It causes itching and irritation of the skin, mainly in the armpits and genitals and on the legs, and can cause vomiting and diarrhea due to irritation in the gastrointestinal tract.
Food allergy diagnosis
The diagnosis is made on the basis of the symptoms and findings of the physical examination and the effect of the treatment, an elimination diet or a hypoallergenic diet.
Food allergy treatment
The treatment consists of an adapted diet that does not contain the allergy-generating nutrients, a so-called elimination diet or a hypoallergenic diet.
- Choose high-quality food
The basis for each type of food must consist of meat. Not from extracts from meat, meat-like products or animal by-products.
- Watch out for fillers in the food
Corn and grains are used as fillers in many types of dog food. These have a low to no nutritional value and therefore only ensures gas accumulation and large turds.
Your dog can’t do anything with this useless type of filler food.
- Match the diet to a specific energy requirement
Keep an eye on your senior French Bulldog. Over the years, the body becomes older and inefficient. This increases the energy requirement. Sometimes French Bulldogs fart more when they age.
The body gets less and less capable of processing certain types of food.
Feed your dog high-quality food, but less protein as age progresses. Ensure a good body condition, responsible snacks, and easily digestible food.
Which dog food is the best?
That depends on various things, such as the lifestyle of your Frenchie, its nature and the stage of its life. It is also important to remember that simply buying the most expensive dog food is not always the right thing for his health. Every dog has its own needs.
Everyone knows that dogs are omnivores. They need fruit, vegetables, rice, and meat. The dog food you feed your Frenchie must be versatile, but due to the fast pace of today’s life, many people do not have enough time to prepare food for their pet.
You can buy all kinds of ready-made meals in the stores. These meals provide all the nutrients that your dog needs. They are useful if you don’t have time to prepare something yourself. You can, therefore, be sure that they have a complete and balanced diet.
If these meals are of good quality, they will provide your dog with everything you need, such as proteins, vitamins and the like.
So, what is the best food for your French Bulldog? There is no right or wrong answer because every Frenchie is different, they live in different environments and habitats, They are a puppy, adult or senior, and may already suffer from one or more health issues. You will need to experiment with different foods and diets to see what your Frenchie reacts to and is ok with.