November 15, 2011
A French Bulldog owner contacted me concerning his health. She did all her research into a good breeder
and it sounds like she had a very good one. But stuff can still happen.
We have been in contact with the breeder several times, and visited her house prior to the day we got to take him home. She also made a few surprise visits to our house to check on his progress.
I am still very concerned for his health however. He has been vomiting occasionally. We have been keeping him on a diet of red meat or chicken necks and some dried food.
He usually eats twice a day, which we have recently changed to just dried food, a smaller meal in the morning and a larger portion at lunch time. We also give him an occasional “natures energy treats”. They are just a dried food treat, and he probably has 2 of these a day.
He will sometimes get up in the middle of the night to be sick (according to my son) and I will sometimes find vomit around the place, which appears to consist of bile. He has vomited entire meals up almost immediately after eating on occasion. He has been off and on his food recently, and he appears to have lost a little weight and his energy levels seem to be a little low, which I can only assume is from a lack of food. The dried food seems to suit him a lot better, and since we’ve switched to that he seems to be holding it down. We are trying to find meals that suit him, and if you could offer any advice, it would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance ,
From your description it sounds like Jean-Baptiste may have a couple things going on: vomiting bile and one of the esophageal disorders that are fairly common in Bulldogs.
Since the French Bulldog is a dwarf English Bulldog there is a high probability of these disorders. A bulldog puppy vomiting yellow bile in the morning is fairly common and not usually cause for concern. It happens because the dog hasn’t eaten for a while and stomach acids have accumulated overnight. These acids irritate the stomach lining and cause him to vomit.
Try giving him an evening meal and see it this helps with this.
In my French Bulldog Health book I go into detail about the esophageal disorders. They sounds scary but there may be an easy fix. First of all, there is a difference between vomiting and regurgitation. If your dog is simply throwing up food right after eating, food that has not been in the stomach, it is probably simple regurgitation from the esophagus (throat).
Bulldogs tend to gulp their food and sometimes eat so fast that the food can’t get down the esophagus properly and so they throw up.
There is a condition common in Bulldogs called esophageal motility disorder, where the normal constrictions of the esophagus don’t work properly and cause the bulldog to not “swallow” properly and often regurgitate.
There is a simple way to alleviate this condition that I recommend in my book. Elevate your bulldog’s food dish. This lets gravity take over and help get the food down his throat.
To soothe an upset stomach you can feed him a little canned pumpkin with his food – be sure it is pure pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie mix which is loaded with sugar.
You can also feed him more frequently, smaller meals and see if he holds it down better.
There are, however, other things that can cause vomiting, including food allergies, metabolic disorders, ulcers, or even obstructions in the throat, or if he has something lodged in his stomach like a rawhide bone or teddy bear.