‘Why does my French bulldog have runny poop?’ is one of the issues that every Frenchie owner confronts at least once in a lifetime. Diarrhea in French bulldogs is certainly not an exciting topic, and it may occur due to many reasons. If it’s not treated on time it may lead to a dog’s dehydration, so that’s why you need to know how to help and solve this health issue on time.
Living with a dog brings so many great things. However, sometimes, we have to deal with not so thrilling conditions that happen to our pets. When we talk about diarrhea in Frenchies, it may occur due to the following reasons:
If you own a Frenchie puppy, the teething phase could be the trigger for diarrhea. Just like in human babies that go through a teeth growing process, diarrhea in French bulldogs can be followed by itchy and painful gums. Therefore, before you take your pup to see a vet, check his jaw and see if the gums are red, swollen, hot, and painful in touch.
Changes in your French bulldog’s diet can be another reason for having a runny poop. That’s why you should not feed your pet with food leftovers and should gradually perform any type of diet change. If you couldn’t solve your dog’s diarrhea in two days, then write down all the symptoms you’ve noticed and consult with your vet.
Usually, diarrhea in dogs can be solved in one or two days by switching to a ‘fasting diet’. It’s important to react on time from the first shown symptoms in order to escape dehydration. Your Frenchie’s hydration should take an important part in dealing with diarrhea, as well as feeding him with ingredients that will harden the stool.
Boiled white rice is one of the best ingredients that help with runny stools. The water where the rice has been boiled is also beneficial because it helps the lining of the intestinal tract. Your dog will get the essential electrolytes and will calm the bowels by eating ‘rice soup’.
While your Frenchie is fasting, encourage him to drink a few sips of water every hour. Monitor other symptoms closely and if vomiting occurs, then you gotta see your vet immediately. There is a high possibility that your pooch ate something poisonous outdoor, so he might go through a mechanical flushing of the bowels.
Other ingredients that you can include a day after you’ve fed your Frenchie with rice are yogurt and boiled chicken breast without skin. Yogurt contains healthy probiotics that restore normal balance to the digestive tract. On the other hand, chicken meat is a great source of protein that dogs of all ages need.
Runny stools in dogs may also occur due to intolerance to certain ingredients. Sometimes, it might be difficult to determine the trigger, so that’s why I recommend you remember the time when do the runny stools occur.
If you’ve noticed there is a connection with your dog’s diet, then you should gradually switch him to another one. Some dogs are more comfortable eating raw diets than dry kibble. Therefore, before you make a final decision, I recommend you consult your vet first. He might recommend you trying elimination diet to determine the triggers.
So far, I had the best experience with the BARF diet for French bulldogs. It seemed like the best choice because I’m the only one who tailors my dog’s meals. However, it wouldn’t have to be the case with your dog too. Some dogs simply prefer eating dry kibble food. If you’re still in doubt what food to choose for a Frenchie, I advise you to read the following article about the best dog food brands for French bulldogs.