Diarrhea in French bulldogs is a familiar condition to almost every pet owner. It can occur due to a variety of reasons and can be a major frustration both for dogs and their owners. Diarrhea is actually a stool with an increased percentage of water. Of all the water drunk, almost 90% of it becomes resorbed in the digestive tract. Any change in food digestion can be the cause of decreased water resorption, which is manifested by an increased amount of water in the stool.
If your Frenchie has runny poop, ie. diarrhea, pay attention to the following symptoms that may be the triggers of diseases. Accompanying symptoms of French bulldog diarrhea may be vomiting, loss of appetite and weight, fever, abdominal pain, etc.
If your dog is very young, very old, or suffers from a certain disease, make sure to consult a veterinarian to provide him/her with the right care in case of diarrhea. Read on and discover what could be the possible causes, what the appearance and color of the stool reveal about the severity of the condition, and what to do to help your dog.
Causes of diarrhea in French bulldogs
The causes of diarrhea in dogs are numerous and may vary on the longevity of the condition. The most common cause of diarrhea in a healthy dog is:
- sudden diet change,
- eating food leftovers, food from the garbage, and rotten food
- bacterial infection.
Frequent diarrhea (chronic) in French bulldogs can be caused by:
- food allergy or intolerance,
- certain parasites,
- bacterial infections,
- inflammation of the intestines,
- diseases outside the gastrointestinal tract.
The appearance of diarrhea in French bulldogs and meaning
Your Frenchie’s diarrhea will relieve you a lot about the possible cause, while the consistency and color can be indicators of more serious conditions. It is recommended to consult a veterinarian if the dog has one of the types of diarrhea described below.
Watery diarrhea in French bulldogs
Watery diarrhea can be a sign of stress, a viral or parasitic infection. This type of diarrhea can lead to dehydration very quickly (especially in young dogs) so make sure your dog gets enough fluids. If you notice white spots or worms in your pet’s diarrhea then it is definitely a parasitic infection.
Mucous diarrhea in dogs
Diarrhea containing mucus may be an indicator of the presence of parvovirus or parasite.
Bloody diarrhea in French bulldogs
If you notice blood in your dog’s stool, it may indicate colitis, proctitis, or other more serious problems. In that case, take your Frenchie to the vet immediately for an examination.
Black diarrhea in French bulldogs
Black-colored diarrhea can be an indicator of internal bleeding in the stomach or small intestine.
How to solve diarrhea in French bulldogs?
Diarrhea usually stops after a few days of home care. If the dog is generally healthy, then you can do a couple of things. To prevent your batpig from dehydration, make sure to provide him with constant access to fresh water and encourage him to drink it in large amounts.
It is often recommended to restrict a dog from meals for 12 to 24 hours. However, it’s not recommended in case your Frenchie is very young or old because such pooches need nutrients to recover fast. Therefore, it would be best to consult a veterinarian about proper nutrition and possible food restriction.
French Bulldog Diarrhea – special diet
Certain ingredients can help in regulating the dog’s stools in case it’s not a disease where diarrhea can be one of the symptoms. If you decide to deny your dog from his regular food for 12 to 24 hours due to diarrhea, it’s advisable to feed him with one of the following foods.
Rice water – cook rice in a larger amount of water. Remove the rice and feed the dog with rice water. White rice and peeled potatoes – Carbohydrates and fiber can contribute to normal stools in dogs.
Yogurt – The bacteria in yogurt can help Frenchies who tolerate milk and dairy products. Protein – a pure source of protein such as eggs (boiled) and chicken (without skin and bones).
Special dog food – there is food that is made for the purpose of soothing digestive problems in dogs. Sometimes it is necessary to buy this type of food from a veterinarian.
Not every food will necessarily help every dog. Therefore, you may need to experiment with these foods before you find one that suits your Frenchie. Once you find recovery food that fits your pet’s belly, you can gradually increase the size of portions. After a few days, you can start adding some regular dog food to your Frenchie’s diet until his stool becomes normal.
Diarrhea in dogs – activated charcoal
Dissolved medical charcoal is often prescribed as a remedy for diarrhea in French bulldogs. You can buy it in a pharmacy and it should be given only by the recommendation of a vet. Your dog should take it max 4 days, ie. until the stool becomes normal.
Prevention of diarrhea in French bulldogs
To prevent your Frenchie from diarrhea, follow these guidelines:
- do not suddenly change the dog’s diet,
- do not give your Frenchie bones to play with (rather give him rubber toys in the shape of bones)
- don’t let your pooch play with small objects he can swallow,
- do not give the dog leftovers from the table,
- do not allow the dog access to garbage and rotten food
- keep track of when you need to vaccinate your dog and regularly clean him/her of worms.