Did my Frenchie just sneeze?
Probably not, but they still experience allergies just as we do.
Allergies are a response from your dog’s immune system as a result of exposure to an allergen or other foreign substance.
The severity of the allergic response can vary from just mild discomfort to severe hives, facial swelling, and rarely anaphylactic shock. Severe reactions are pretty rare, but may be caused by new vaccines, drugs, foods, or a bee sting.
There are many types of allergies, but skin allergies and food intolerance are the most common in Frenchies.
When exposed to an allergen, the body releases a chemical called histamine which causes your typical allergy symptoms.
The symptoms of allergies in French Bulldogs include the following, but are not limited to:
Any of these sound familiar for your Frenchie? It could be time to identify the root cause and stop those pesky allergy symptoms today!
While genetics certainly can make your Frenchie more prone to allergies, there are other causes that shouldn’t be overlooked.
The typical culprits for allergies are food allergies, environmental allergies, skin allergies, and seasonal allergies.
Will your Frenchie just not stop itching, scratching, and biting its fur?!
It’s possible your dog is allergic to something in its diet.
The term “food allergies” is often used to describe “food intolerance”. A true food allergy will cause severe symptoms such as hives, facial swelling, and anaphylaxis.
If you suspect your Frenchie is suffering from food intolerance, these food ingredients should be first on your list to rule out as an allergen.
Just like us humans, the trees, grass, pollen, and environmental pollutants in the air around us can cause symptoms of seasonal allergies in your Frenchie.
As its name implies, it is possible your French Bulldog’s allergies wax and wane throughout the year and flair up during certain months.
Unfortunately, French Bulldogs are much more susceptible to being genetically disposed to having sensitivity to certain substances in the environment.
These substances are usually the ones that cause trouble in Frenchies:
There are a few types of skin allergies such as allergic dermatitis, yeast infections, impetigo, seborrhea, ringworm, mange, dry/flaky skin, and hot spots.
The first step to treating your French Bulldog’s allergies is to determine the exact cause of the allergies.
Once you know the cause, you can start to take steps to avoid the allergen.
For example, if your Frenchie can’t stop itching on their salmon diet, they might need a food consisting of beef or chicken.
There are allergy supplements available on the market such as this one on Amazon that are designed to stop allergy symptoms without antihistamines.
These work by providing your pet with support it needs for a strong immune system, histamine production, and digestive enzymes.
Surprisingly, benadryl, also known as diphenhydramine, works perfectly fine in most cases for your Frenchie’s allergies. Don’t use benadryl if your Frenchie suffers from glaucoma, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular disease.
According to PetMD.com, benadryl really should only be used for preemptive treatment of vaccine reactions, insect bites or stings, or moderate to severe environmental allergies.
Be sure to check with your vet before giving your dog any benadryl just to be safe.
What allergens bother your Frenchie the worst, and what are you doing to treat the allergies? Let us know down below!