Food Allergy and Stomach Upset in French Bulldogs

Is there a test that you approve of that is accurate in telling us what our French Bulldog should not eat?

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Food Allergy and Stomach Upset in French Bulldogs  DIETS:

We have tried so many things and I feel at a loss as to getting him off of the vet prescribed food. Even though his poop is firm he is still having stomach upset. IE: panting, eating grass…

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Dr. Roy Kraemer Staff answered 3 years ago

Answer for Food Allergy and Stomach Upset in French Bulldogs

Unfortunately, some veterinarians will offer a food allergy blood test; those blood tests offer little value.

In contrast to the food allergy allergen blood test, the blood test for bulldog atopic allergic itch dermatitis does have therapeutic value and can help your vet prescribe long-term, proper immune therapy.

The only proper testing for bully food allergy is a few-week trial with an elimination Rx diet such as a

  • novel
  • hydrolyzed
  • purified amino acid diet

To learn more, read my article HERE

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Answer for Food Allergy and Stomach Upset in French Bulldogs  / TREATMENT

Stomach upset, also known as gastrointestinal (GI) distress, can have numerous causes in bulldogs, ranging from simple dietary indiscretions to serious medical conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or pancreatitis.

bulldog sick with IBD and stomach upset

Each case may require a different approach

Here are some general points to consider:

Low-ingredient Blend Diet For Stomach Upset

Blend diets can be helpful for short-term management of mild GI upset by reducing dietary complexity and potential allergens. Examples include

  • cooked white rice with boiled chicken

Hypoallergenic Diets For Stomach Upset

Hypoallergenic diets are intended for dogs with food allergies or sensitivities. These diets usually contain limited protein sources and hydrolyzed proteins that are less likely to trigger an allergic reaction.

Therapeutic Supplements For Upset Stomach

Bully supplements may be beneficial in certain cases; examples include

  1.  V4B Bully pre & probiotics:  that could provide a beneficial microbiome for unbalanced gut microflora (dysbiosis, leaky bowels, etc).
  2. V4B Bully Gentle Move: adds botanical natural fibers, constipation, and other GI fiber deficiency conditions
  3. V4B Bully Immune Support: can help boost the immune system.

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Bulldog Parasite and Stomach Upset

I would also recommend testing for parasites (fecal test) and preventively treating with a broad-spectrum dewormer like Panacur.

If the problem persists, other diagnostics should be considered to help rule out medical conditions such as:

  • pancreatitis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • irritable bowel
  • etc.

Those tests typically included various blood panels and imaging.

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