Besides being one of the most affectionate dogs in the world, Frenchies are famous for one not-so-pleasant characteristic. They are prone to flatulence and releasing farts more than other breeds. Therefore, if you want to help your pooch to ease these symptoms, here is what you need to do.
Why are French bulldogs prone to farts?
Unlike dogs with standard muzzles, Frenchies can’t normally reach the food from their bowls because of their flat skulls. That’s why you can often hear the strange sound that resembles ‘choking’ while your dog is eating. French bulldogs tend to eat fast, which results in ‘eating air’ along with food. Unfortunately, these are the main reasons for your Frenchie’s bloating.
Another reason that will cause your dog to deal with gases is his diet. Choosing a well-balanced diet for a French bulldog is the pillar of his digestive system. Your dog will require different amounts of proteins and carbohydrates at different ages, so it’s essential to consult with your vet before choosing a specific food brand.
It’s also important to note that dogs on a raw diet will have fewer gases. Artificial flavors, by-products, and additives are some of the main triggers for bloating in French bulldogs.
How to decrease French bulldog farts?
Change your French bulldog’s diet
You can help your French bulldog to decrease flatulence by switching him on the BARF diet. This diet consists of fresh fruits, veggies, and raw meat. Don’t forget that dogs in the past used to hunt prey, so their bellies will easily digest these ingredients.
Carbohydrates are known as one of the most common allergy triggers. They can cause itchiness, flatulence, and also weight gain in your dog. Due to these reasons, you should carefully read the label on commercial dog food and choose the one that is free of grains or has a low percentage.
Some Frenchies can be lactose intolerant to milk, yogurt, cheese, and other dairy products. The symptoms vary from dog to dog, and the most common are loose stools, gas, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. You can determine if your dog is lactose intolerant when you give him even a small amount of some dairy product.
Avoid beans and green veggies
Beans, broccoli, and green beans are some of the ingredients that can increase French bulldog farts. They can cause flatulence, and even pains if eaten in large quantities.
Your food leftovers
Do not feed your Frenchie with your food leftovers even when he desperately stares at every bite you take. Our food is rich in salt, oils, and spices, so it can cause not only gases but also issues with kidneys and other organs.
Choose a slow-feeding bowl
To prevent your French bulldog from swallowing air during meals, we suggest you buy him an Anti-choking feeding bowl. The following bowl for French bulldogs features a rotating bone in the middle that serves to extend your dog’s time for eating.
Another bowl that will make your dog work for his food is the Interactive Anti Choke Bowl. It features a zig-zag design that serves to prevent your Frenchie from choking.
Buy a special drinking bowl to decrease French bulldog farts
If your French bulldog drinks water fast, our advice is to change his drinking bowl too. The following Frenchie World® Anti-wet Mouth Floating Drinking Bowl will slowly rise when the water is added to the bowl. In that way, your pooch won’t swallow the air and will be less prone to gases.