Breathing problems in French bulldogs can be serious, but they don’t have to keep you down! With close monitoring by vets and surgery when necessary, it’s possible to improve these dogs’ lives greatly. French bulldog breathing problems are very common. So, if you’re thinking about owning one of these pooches, it’s important to search for a reputable breeder. Unfortunately, almost half of Frenchies develop breathing problems by showing stenotic nares and elongated soft palate.
As we all know, French bulldogs are famous for their flat faces that haven’t evolved naturally. These dogs have been ‘designed’ by crossbreeding with dogs of smaller muzzles. As the result, some French bulldogs can experience severe breathing issues that can vary from moderate to severe. Even though these pooches are loud breathers, not all of them will require surgery. If Brachycephalic airway syndrome is diagnosed, approximately 80-90% of Frenchies require surgery.
How To Diagnose Breathing Problems in French bulldogs?
Listen to your Frenchie’s breathing
When you hear noisy breathing under normal conditions, it may be a sign your dog has obstructive airway disease. If the sound of honking or rasping occurs in normal weather conditions and even when your pooch is not performing any hard exercise, then you can be quite sure that he/she will need surgery.
What about breathing during exercise?
Even though Frenchies can’t sustain heavy physical activities, they should still breathe normally during daily strolls. If you notice your French bulldog panting heavily and with their tongue sticking out, it could be a sign that they are having trouble breathing. If this is the case then exercise will place extra demands on their body which may result in additional difficulties for their oxygen intake since they physically cannot draw any more air into themselves due to illness or obesity.
Inspect your Frenchie’s mouth
Did you know that the coloration of your dog’s mouth can reveal if he/she suffers from breathing issues? Healthy membranes should appear pink while blue or purple color indicates that they are not getting enough oxygen! Increased drooling can also point out to breathing problems, stuck elements in a dog’s mouth, or elongated soft palate.
Monitor the strange signs
Besides all the previously listed facts, we also have to note that monitoring your dog’s behavior will give you the best picture of your dog’s health. French bulldogs should not be taken out in hot weather and exposed to heavy exercise because that’s not their cup of tea. The following symptoms of breathing problems in French bulldogs should be noticed on time:
How to decrease or prevent breathing problems in French bulldogs?
As we all know, French bulldogs belong to non-sporting breeds, so they should not go through heavy training. They would also not be a good pick for active people who enjoy outdoor adventures such as cycling, swimming, or hiking. These pooches will best suit homes with people who love relaxing city walks. To help your Frenchie easier deal with high summer temperatures, we recommend you escape going out in the hottest part of the day.
Make sure your little gremlin drinks enough water and check if there is a bone or piece of branch stuck inside of his mouth.
Cool the dog down if he’s overheated or he’s having breathing problems. Rewarding a Frenchie with ice cubes can also help because they’re interesting to chew on.
Your dog will need to have his breathing monitored by a vet before he goes through life-changing surgery. The monitoring process includes checking for signs that could indicate whether or not there’s an infection in the chest, such as noisy breathing which can also mean heart murmurs and other ailments like narrow nostrils. In case your dog has narrow nostrils or elongated soft palate, surgery provides 100% success and facilitated breathing.