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How to Diagnose Breathing problems in French Bulldogs

By Morgan | July 26, 2019

French bulldogs, with their big beautiful eyes and adorable bat-shaped ears, are often referred to as “Frenchie’s”. There are many characteristics of a “Frenchie” that make them a great choice for a pet.

They make good watchdogs, don’t require much space or exercise, and they respond well to reward-based training methods. Unfortunately, their small stature and weight can cause them to have breathing problems. The French bulldog’s respiratory tract can make it difficult for them to breathe, especially when it’s hot.

Here are the main signs to be aware of to know if your loveable Frenchie is experiencing any breathing problems.

Watching for Breathing Problems:

  1. Listen to their breathing:

    Under normal conditions (in cool weather and when your dog is not under stress), you’ll probably hear some noisy breathing that doesn’t bother them. But, if you hear noisy breathing that sounds like honking or rasping, your little Frenchie may have a breathing problem.This breathing noise is caused by the compressed anatomy of the French bulldog’s airways. The noisier their breathing, the worse their condition could be.

  2. Monitor your dog during exercise:

    If your dog is reluctant to exercise or lags behind on walks, they may be having trouble breathing. You may notice your French bulldog panting heavily with their tongue sticking out.If your dog has breathing problems, exercise will place extra demands on their body. For example, their body will need more oxygen which they can’t supply because they physically can’t draw extra air in.

  3. Look inside dog’s mouth:

    If your French bulldog is really struggling to breath and is not getting enough oxygen, the membranes on their mouth and tongue will look blue or purple. Healthy membranes should appear pink. You may also notice your dog drooling. This is because they are concentrating so hard on breathing that they don’t want to take time out to swallow.

  4. Monitor your French Bulldog’s behaviour:

    Your Frenchie may collapse or faint if they are overtired and not getting enough oxygen. You may notice your dog appear uncomfortable or restless in hotter weather when it’s harder for them to breathe. Other signs of breathing problems can include:

  • Snorting
  • Choking
  • Vomiting
  • Gagging
  1. Getting a Vet’s Diagnosis

  2. Take your French Bulldog to the Veterinarian:

    The vet will monitor your dog’s breathing and chest movement. The vet will also look for any physical landmarks that is making it hard for your dog to breathe, like narrow nostrils or a large tongue that blocks the back of the throat. Listening to noisy breathing is also important in diagnosing breathing problems. This can help detect any signs of chest infection or heart murmurs which create a fluid build-up in the lungs. Both of these conditions can contribute to breathing problems.

If you are noticing any sings of abnormal breathing in your Frenchie at any period, contact one of our mobile vets at Vets on Call. Download the Vets on Call mobile app today for iPhone or Android and book a vet to come straight to your door.

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