Everything about French Bulldog Allergies

Is your Frenchie suffering from allergies or skin issues? Find out the culprit and stop those pesky allergies today!

~4 minute read
last updated September 16, 2019


Did my Frenchie just sneeze?

Probably not, but they still experience allergies just as we do.

What Exactly are Allergies in French Bulldogs

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.

Symptoms of Allergies in French Bulldogs

When exposed to an allergen, the body releases a chemical called histamine which causes the typical symptoms associated with allergies.

The symptoms of allergies in French Bulldogs include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Itchy skin
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Wheezing
  • Runny discharge from the eyes or nose
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Licking their feet
  • Stomach problems
  • Chronic bad gas or diarrhea
  • Itchy butt

Any of these sound familiar for your Frenchie? It could be time to identify the root cause and stop those pesky allergy symptoms today!

What Causes Allergies in French Bulldogs?

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.

1. Food Allergies and Intolerance

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.

The Most Common Causes of Frenchie Food Intolerance

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.

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Milk

2. Environmental and Seasonal Allergies

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.

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These symptoms of environmental and seasonal allergies are:

As its name implies, it is possible your French Bulldog’s allergies wax and wane throughout the year and flair up during certain months.

  • Scratching and biting
  • Inflamed and infected skin
  • Excessive shedding
  • Paw licking
  • Scooting their butt
  • Chronic ear infections

The Most Common Causes of French Bulldog Environmental Allergies

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:

  • Dust and dust mites
  • Pollen
  • Mold spores
  • Animal dander
  • Grass
  • Flea bites

3. Skin Allergies

There are a few types of skin allergies such as allergic dermatitis, yeast infections, impetigo, seborrhea, ringworm, mange, dry/flaky skin, and hot spots.

Types of French Bulldog Skin Allergies

  1. Allergic Dermatitis
  2. Yeast Infections
  3. Impetigo
  4. Soborrhea
  5. Ringworm
  6. Mange
  7. Dry/Flaky Skin
  8. Hot Spots

Allergy Treatment for French Bulldogs

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.

If your Frenchie has food allergies, you’ll need to find a new food that contains a different type of meat.

For example, if your Frenchie can’t stop itching on their salmon diet, they might need a food consisting of beef or chicken.

Benadryl for Frenchie Allergies

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.


Symptoms of Allergies in French Bulldogs

  • Itchiness
  • Coughing, sneezing, and wheezing
  • Licking their feet
  • Stomach problems, bad gas, and/or diarrhea.

Types of Allergies

Food Allergies and Intolerance

How to Treat It
  • Elimination diets
  • Try switching the type of meat. (Salmon to beef, chicken to lamb, etc.)
  • Prescription diets given by your vet

Environmental and Seasonal Allergies

How to Treat It
  • Avoid the allergens

Skin Allergies

How to Treat It
  • Give lots of baths
  • Avoid the allergens

What allergens bother your Frenchie the worst, and what are you doing to treat the allergies? Let us know down below!

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