French Bulldog Common Health Issues Explained

French Bulldog Common Health Issues

The most common health issues with French Bulldogs are explained here. Although Frenchies can experience other issues, these are the most common. 

The Most Common Health Problems In Frenchies

  • Allergies - Since they have a flat face they are more prone to allergies, but all dogs can have allergies. 
  • Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome - There are a few different issues that fall under this category. However, all of these can make breathing more difficult and cause your Frenchie to snort and snore. Laryngeal or trachea collapse can occur if the below are not treated:

Elongated soft palate - The soft part in the upper back of the mouth is abnormally long speaking in simple terms.

Everted laryngeal saccules -  Tissue by the vocal cords partially blocks the airway in the trachea. 

Stenotic nares - pinched or narrow nostrils 

  • Cataracts - Cloudiness of the eye which can be caused by diabetes. Surgery has a high success rate to correct. 
  • Cleft palate - This is a genetic disorder which occurs from birth.
  • Conjunctivitis (pinkeye) - Inflammation of the tissue that covers the eye caused by allergies, irritants or dry eyes. 
  • Deafness - This is common in French Bulldogs from birth but can also develop later in life. 
  • Dermatitis - The medical term for a skin irritation that has many causes and appears in different forms. 
  • Diarrhea - This is common in Frenchies because they get upset stomachs easily. Frequent diarrhea can be caused by parasites, viruses or e. coli. 
  • Distichiasis - An inherited disorder to where an additional row of eyelashes grow which can cause various problems such as eye irritation, pain, excessive blinking and tearing. 
  • Ear Infections - French Bulldogs are prone to allergies and also have narrow ear canals which are more likely to cause ear infections. 
  • Entropion - An inherited condition where the eyelid turns inward causing the eyelashes to rub the eye which can cause various problems. Issues include eye irritation, pain, excessive blinking and tearing.
  • Heat stress - One of the most common issues in this breed due to their flat face. These dogs have a harder time breathing and regulating their body temperature.
  • Hemivertebrae - A congenital condition where the vertebrae of the spine are deformed and can fuse together. 
French Bulldog Common Health Issues
  • Mobility issues - Several different conditions can cause mobility issues in French Bulldogs causing them to need a dog wheelchair including:

Degenerative myelopathy - Degenerative myelopathy in dogs also called DM is a disease affecting the spinal cord. A genetic mutation in the SOD1 gene has been found to be the cause. Degeneration of the white matter in the spinal cord causes progressive loss of hind leg weakness and paralysis. Eventually the front legs also become weak due to muscle deterioration.

Hip dysplasia - Thi is a joint problem where the ball and socket of the hip do not fit properly and do not move smoothly. Deterioration over time occurs causing loss of joint function.

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) - Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) in dogs is a degenerative condition where the discs in your dog's back deteriorate faster than they should. 

Luxating patella - A luxating patella is when your dog's knee cap moves out of place from the groove where it should be. 

  • Prolapsed nictitans gland (Cherry Eye) - A congenital weakness of the tear gland is usually the cause. If your Frenchie has this issue take them to the vet.  
  • Pyoderma - ny skin disease that has pus. 
  • Thyroid Problems

Autoimmune thyroiditis - immune system attacks the thyroid gland 

Goiters - enlargement of the thyroid 

Hyperthyroidism - body produces too my thyroid hormone

Hypothyroidism - body doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone

  • Upper respiratory tract infection - It's common that this happens at some point in a Frenchie's life. It is contagious between dogs. 
  • Von Willebrand's Disease - This is a blood clotting disease frequently found in Frenchies. 


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A dog wheelchair is also referred to as a handicap dog cart. One of the common needs is for hip dysplasia. We offer three different models and have small dog wheelchairs and large dog wheelchairs.

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