Why does my french bulldog keep throwing up?

By Bethany Tate

While French Bulldogs commonly have issues with throwing up the answer you’re looking for could depend on a number of factors. Such as contributing health issues, allergies, or eating habits.

Common reasons french bulldogs throw up

Biology of French Bulldogs

French Bulldog owners will find that their pets have more issues with throwing up than other dogs and the short answer as to why: biology. They are known for their short noses, but their brachycephalic skull shape makes them predisposed to various problems; one of them being throwing up. 

It may be hard to pinpoint exactly why your French Bulldog can’t keep anything down when it happens quite often, but I’ve looked into all the possible issues that could be promoting the problem and laid them out here. 

Eating or Drinking Too Rapidly

When a French Bulldog ingests their food or drink too quickly it can cause choking, gagging, and even vomiting. Luckily, this is a common issue with any dog which means there are lots of options to help them keep their food down. 

There are a wide selection of slow feeders available at most pet stores. Slow feeders make it a challenge for your French Bulldog to get to their kibble which in turn slows their rate of consumption. 

Food Allergy or Sensitivity

If your French Bulldog is throwing up undigested food, along with other symptoms like itching or diarrhea, this could be a sign of a food allergy or sensitivity. 

The most common allergens in dog food are chicken, pork, soy, beef, and wheat. If you suspect your French Bulldog throwing up is caused by an allergy or food sensitivity speak to your vet. They can help you identify the cause and help you find a better diet for your pet to alleviate those uncomfortable symptoms.

Health Issues

In the case your French Bulldog is unsuccessful in their attempts to vomit or are vomiting white foam there could be a more serious illness affecting your French Bulldog

On another note, if your French bulldog is throwing up white foam or unsuccessful in attempts to vomit, speak to your vet immediately.  

Brachycephalic syndrome

Passed genetically and can cause regurgitation, gagging, and vomiting. It can lead to an elongated soft palate and other conditions where gagging or vomiting may be a symptom. This can only be diagnosed and treated by your vet.

Stomach Dilation

When excess gas in the stomach causes it to expand and reduce blood supply to other organs. When left untreated can become a case of gastric torsion: when the stomach turns and traps food and water in the stomach. If you suspect your Frenchie may have stomach dilation, seek help immediately as it can progressive rapidly in a short amount of time.

Bowel Obstruction

When something is stuck in the bowels, most likely from something a French Bulldog can’t digest (Ex: a rock, toy) or even an undetected tumor. If your French bulldog is vomiting repetitively or there is blood, speak to your vet as soon as possible, as this can also be life threatening.

In Conclusion

Supposing your French Bulldog is throwing up on a regular basis it is likely this symptom is indicative of an underlying problem. Always speak to your vet before assuming a diagnosis. If there are no other symptoms then it’s probable your dog has a food allergy, which can be fixed with a change in diet. After consulting your vet you can explore alternatives.

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Bethany Tate
Writing and analyzing data are her superpowers. Dogs, nature, and trail running are her oxygen. Bethany passionately believes pets make the world a better place. Her world is made better by Nemo, her pet dachshund.