What are the most common health problems in French Bulldogs?

What are the most common health problems in French Bulldogs? French Bulldogs are a very popular dog breed. Its history dates back to the early 19th century, when it was a striking dog breed in the United Kingdom, then in France and later in the United States. Today this popularity is very high in these countries, and has reached other countries such as Argentina and Spain.

The demand for Frenchies increases year after year and very few people care to understand, what health problems they face. This unfortunately because, Frenchies are prone to different diseases. If you don’t know what those diseases are, here we tell you what are the most common ones:

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Most common health problems in French Bulldogs


This disease appears due to the presence of parasites in the puppy, such as mites, due to some type of allergy, the presence of foreign bodies, humidity, etc. Treatment depends on the type of otitis present in the puppy, and on what the veterinarian considers appropriate.

In order to detect in time if your Frenchie has this disease, there are some clearly recognizable symptoms, which will help you to get help as soon as possible:

  • Constant head shaking: In an attempt to alleviate the discomfort caused by otitis. Dogs resort to constant head shaking with sudden movements.
  • Excessive ear scratching: Along with the shaking, dogs may even scratch their ears excessively. Which can generate internal bleeding in the ear. In that case Frnechie will need surgical intervention to control it.
  • Bad odor and constant discharge: Another easy to detect symptom is the bad odor. Sometimes with secretions that may exist in the ear in spite of cleaning.

This disease appears due to the presence of parasites in the puppy such as mites, by some type of allergy, the presence of foreign bodies, humidity or poor ventilation. In the case of treatment, this depends on the type of otitis that the puppy presents, and on what the veterinarian considers appropriate.

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Conjunctivitis is another disease that French Bulldogs can frequently suffer from. This disease affects the eyes of the same, and can make one or both eyes of our Frenchie present humidity, irritation or presence of a viscous liquid.

This is a type of disease that can present itself in different ways, either with a bacterial conjunctivitis (caused by bacteria that produce an irritation or infection in the eyes); a viral conjunctivitis (which passes from animal to animal); or allergic conjunctivitis (caused by allergenic pathogens in the Bulldog), and presents symptoms such as:

  • Inflammation of the eyelid, in other cases it may be of the eye.
  • Constant tearing with the appearance of a watery eye.
  • Yellow or green viscous liquid, together with some crusts around the eyes.
  • Eye irritation or redness of the eyes.
  • Constant itching of the eyes.

In this case, as in the case of otitis, the treatment depends on the type of disease diagnosed by the veterinarian. Possible treatments include the application of medication in drops, or a thorough cleaning of the affected area.

Brachycephalic syndrome:

This disease occurs thanks to the same body structure that French Bulldogs have. Which gives them the characteristic of having a flattened face (narrow nose, soft palate, laryngeal saccules, tracheal dimension, etc.), which causes it to be somewhat rough when breathing. But so that you can recognize this syndrome, you must be attentive to these symptoms:

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  • Difficulty breathing: The absorption of air in French Bulldogs becomes complex, and makes it difficult for them to get the necessary amount of air into their lungs.
  • Breathing noises: In order to try to breathe, the Frenchie is forced to make a more intense effort to absorb air, you will recognize it because they seem to snore.
  • Difficulty to exercise: French Bulldogs are a very lazy breed of dog, but if they present this syndrome, any activity they do will cost them even more, and they may avoid doing it in order not to fall into great efforts.
  • Asphyxia: Difficulty in breathing can cause these dogs to be short of air and present episodes of asphyxia and severe respiratory symptoms.

These are just some of the diseases caused by brachycephalic syndrome that Frenchs can present. As there are others such as cyanosis, sleep apnea, swallowing discomfort, nausea and vomiting.

Surgery to treat brachycephalic syndrome can be performed by many veterinarians today, that´s important to prevent the puppy from having brachycephalic syndrome. During the procedure, the dog is anesthetized, and the head and mouth are held open to make a small incision in the roof of the mouth, and remove tissue if necessary.

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