You’re sitting on the couch with your Frenchie when suddenly, you smell something rancid. Did you forget to take out the trash? Is it me? Nope, that’s just your Frenchie farting up a storm. I’m sure you can relate.
Flatulence, or gassiness, is a common issue that many French Bulldogs suffer from. It’s not so much that the French Bulldogs are suffering, but instead us humans that have to deal with that unbearable stench.
A few farts here and there can be funny, but excessive gas can make it hard to be around your Frenchie. Luckily these rancid farts are usually nothing to worry about; Bulldogs are just gassy.
You might be asking yourself, ”Why does my French Bulldog fart so much?!”; much more than any other breed I’ve been around at least. This is due to their extremely sensitive stomachs.
Farting in French Bulldogs is typically caused by a change in diet or something else the dog ate that isn’t sitting well with them. It can also be exacerbated when they eat their food too quickly, causing air to end up in the intestines. What goes in must come out. Sorry.
Check out this hilarious video of a Frenchie scaring himself with his farts!
Diet is the number one cause of flatulence in French Bulldogs, but there are a few other reasons why your Frenchie could be having gas. For Frenchies, another one of the leading causes of gas is swallowing too much air. If your Frenchie inhales their food in seconds, consider getting a bowl that makes them work for their food.
Excessive carbohydrate intake
Low-quality dog food
A food ingredient that their stomach doesn’t tolerate
Lack of exercise and obesity
Aerophagia (swallowing of air)
There are other, uncommon causes of gassiness that could be to blame. If your Frenchie’s diet is up-to-shape and you can’t think of any other reasons why they’re so gassy, consult with your veterinarian.
Here’s a list of some foods that some dogs have trouble digesting. It wouldn’t hurt to completely cut out these foods; your Frenchie shouldn’t be eating human food anyways!
Don’t expect any farts to smell pleasant. Sometimes your Frenchie’s farts may be especially stinky. Why is this? It’s usually due to a change in their diet or something else they ate.
The foods in the list above are known to cause extra-stinky farts, so it’s best to avoid them at all costs.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been around many breeds and have yet to encounter one that farts as much or as badly as much as the Frenchie. This is due to their extremely sensitive digestive systems.
French Bulldogs are what is called a brachycephalic breed. Simply put, this means they have flat, smushed faces. When these dogs eat, they tend to swallow a lot of air as well. I’m using this bowl that forces my Frenchie to slow down when she’s eating. It keeps her busy and less gassy!
The first step in treating a French Bulldog suffering from flatulence is usually a change in diet. There are many dietary factors that could be contributing to the gassiness.
If changing your Frenchie’s diet doesn’t reduce the gas and issues such as inflammatory bowel disease have been ruled out, there are a few medication options that you could discuss with your veterinarian.
Probiotics have been shown to reduce gassiness by aiding in digestion and inhibiting the growth of deadly bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella. It’s important that you get a probiotic designed and tested for dogs because of the differences in their digestive systems compared to humans.
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