Has your little buddy been having a hard time going to the bathroom?
It’s not uncommon for Frenchies to suffer from constipation every once in a while. In most cases, you’ll be able to get them back in great shape with just a few small changes.
Of course, be sure to take your furry friend to the vet if constipation lasts longer than a few days at a time. However, here are some healthy habits to stop it from happening again.
Why Is My French Bulldog Constipated?
The main cause of constipation in canines is a poor diet. Dog food bought from the store might seem like a great choice, but every pet reacts differently.
Dry foods that are high in grain can cause a hard stool, and that might make it tougher for your Frenchie to go to the toilet. Try switching to a diet that’s higher in fiber, or switch to wet dog food.
Make sure your dog is getting lots of water to drink, too. Dehydration can play a big role in causing French Bulldog constipation. Getting over this problem might be as simple as adding a little water to the food bowl when dinner time comes around.
Keep track of precisely what your Frenchie is eating daily. Avoid giving them too many treats during the week, and try a variety of different foods to find the perfect match for your dog.
Remember that feeding your pup table scraps or extra treats isn’t always good for them, as much as they want it! Just keep in mind that you’re doing what’s best for them.
Should I Be Worried?
Constipation isn’t usually a big deal, but that depends on the health of your dog. Take a look at their stool to make sure you don’t see any signs of rectal bleeding, for example. Hard stools, too, may be a sign of more severe issues that require a professional diagnosis.
Have your Frenchie checked for worms regularly throughout the year, and look for warning signs to catch any serious health issues ahead of time.
You want to be sure that the constipation isn’t caused by an object blocking their digestive system. Make sure your pup hasn’t been chewing on anything that they could have accidentally swallowed. Keep your pet away from plastic bags, and throw away any damaged cushions that they could be gnawing on.
If your dog has been constipated for more than a few days, then it’s best to take them in for a check-up.
How Do I Treat French Bulldog Constipation?
The easiest way to treat the problem immediately is by using a doggy stool softener. You can get them at your local pet store, or you can have them prescribed by a veterinarian.
NaturVet’s ‘Stool Ease for Dogs’ is available on Amazon and has lots of positive reviews, if you want to buy something online.
Adding a few fresh veggies to your dog’s diet can make a lasting difference for dogs who suffer from chronic constipation. Daily exercise is vital for any pet, but it can also contribute to better digestion. So make sure your little buddy is getting plenty of fun outdoors for overall health.
Lastly, be sure to give them plenty of water to drink every day and cut out dry foods until their constipation clears up.
There are lots of different factors that might be making your French Bulldog constipated, but most of them don’t pose a significant health risk.
Focus on improving their diet, and keep them hydrated. If you think your pet has swallowed something that isn’t food, take them to a veterinarian immediately. Your furry friend will be back to normal in no time with the right help.
Will is the proud co-owner of Frankie, a Female Brindle French Bulldog, with his wife Michelle. We share our Frenchie experiences with the world to help health-conscious French Bulldog owners who want a happy, healthy, and long-living dog.