The small shortened snout that makes French Bulldogs so cute and popular can also make it difficult for them to eat properly and digest their food.
Because of this, it can be common to see your Frenchie vomit or spit up food or bile.
Most of the time this isn’t something to be concerned about, though there are times when you need to take action right away.
The following is a quick look at why your Frenchie might be vomiting, what you can do to help, and what steps you can take to prevent this in the future to ensure your dog is as happy and healthy as they can be.
Why would my French Bulldog vomit?
There are a number of reasons French Bulldogs are prone to vomiting and digestion issues. The most common of these are:
It’s quite common for Frenchies to have sensitive stomachs or to be allergic to certain types of dog food. Dogs, like humans, can develop new allergies over time, so your dog may be allergic to something in their food, even if it’s the same food they have eaten for years.
Eating Too Quickly
Due to the shape of their jaw and faces, Frenchies can inhale too much air if they eat their food too quickly. This can cause intestinal distress which can lead to vomiting.
Exercising Too Soon After Eating
Since Frenchies often have sensitive stomachs, you need to make sure your dog has plenty of time to digest before they run around outside or exercise too much.
Elongated Pallet/Esophageal Issues
Frenchies often have soft pallets or esophagi that aren’t formed correctly. This can lead to trouble eating and swallowing, taking in too much air when they eat, and issues with digestion.
What should I do if my French Bulldog is vomiting?
If your French Bulldog is vomiting, sit nearby and monitor them to ensure they can still breathe properly. Frenchies will sometimes be frightened after spitting up unexpectedly, so you will want to comfort them if they seem distressed.
If this is happening right after eating, playing too rough, getting overheated, or in stressful times, you likely don’t need to worry. If it seems to be happening frequently or out of the blue, you may want to take your dog to the vet for a checkup.
How can I prevent my Frenchie from vomiting in the future?
You might want to buy your Frenchie a food bowl specially made to slow down the eating process or to help them eat easier without gulping air. Always give your dog at least 20 – 30 minutes to digest before letting them out, and don’t encourage play right after eating.
If you think your dog may have food allergies you can buy specially-formulated dog food, though you may want to consult with your vet before making any dietary changes. Your vet can also check if your Frenchie has any physical problems. If they do, your dog may need surgery, though only your vet can recommend the best course of action.
Vomiting can be a common occurrence in French Bulldogs. There are a few precautions you should take to decrease the risk of this happening, but most of the time it isn’t anything to worry about.
If it does seem to happen frequently without cause or is causing your Frenchie considerable distress, you can always take your dog to the vet for either a diagnosis or reassurance that everything is OK.
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.