French Bulldog Chokes And Can Not Breathe: What You Need To Know?

french bulldog choking

French bulldogs are adorable

They have got those little smooshed-in faces, long snouts and big bat ears. Unfortunately, all of the extra skin in their bodies can make them prone to choking on things they shouldn’t be eating. 

If your French Bulldog is choking on something it should not have been eating in the first place, you may want to take a look at this article for some tips on how to get him/her breathing again.

A quick search of Google will show that many people are experiencing problems with their cute little Frenchie’s choking hazards. 

The most common problem seems to be small pieces of food getting wedged into their trachea and blocking air from flowing through the throat or mouth.

French Bulldog Choking

When a Frenchie takes in too much food, which is quite common considering their small size and appetite for all the snacking they can get away with.

The French Bulldog has become one of America’s favorite dog breeds due to its friendly nature and small stature that makes it perfect for apartments or homes without yards.

Unfortunately, because puppies are so tiny when they are born this also means that if you do not keep an eye on your Frenchie he might accidentally ingest his own feet.

Or choke from trying to eat something larger than him like a shoe!

Why French Bulldog Choke On Food?

We all know that the French Bulldog is one of the cutest breeds in history, but did you also know they have a weird food quirk? These dogs are known to choke on their own spit when trying to eat certain foods. 

However, there is no need for worry because this condition can be avoided with some simple techniques and tricks.

If your Frenchie has been experiencing bouts of choking while eating try feeding them small treats or pieces at a time rather than letting it gorge itself until its stomach gets too full. 

It may not seem like much, but these little changes could save someone from an unfortunate incident where they get choked out by gorging themselves on unhealthy snacks before bedtime.

What To Do If Your Frenchie Is Choking?

You should follow the guide if your Frenchie is choking;

Step 1: Place your hand on the back of his neck, and wrap your other arm around him. Stretch it all the way to his tail so you can feel how he wags it from side-to-side.

Step 2: Make your right hand into a fist and place it just behind the rib cage of your French bulldog. Make sure to press firmly up and forward with this punch, as you want them to feel pain from the pressure against their tummy.

Step 3: Make sure to keep up the thrusting motion until you can see that your dog has fully recovered, and continues breathing normally.

Step 4: Next bring his head up like he is taking a big gulp of water and then push forward and up with both arms simultaneously in order to dislodge what might be causing this bad case of hiccups for your furry friend.

Frenchie’s Noises You Should Never Avoid

The following are the noises you French bulldog can make and you should never avoid it;

  • Wailing

The French Bulldog has a history of being bred for the old and nobel sport of bull-baiting. If they sense you are upset, or if they feel lonely, it is important to know that their wailing is not because they want attention, but out of fear and distress in themself.

  • Growling

If you ever see Frenchie growling, never approach it. This may be an indication that the animal is feeling threatened and does not want to interact with someone unfamiliar. 

If a dog appears agitated or nervous around strangers, do not try anything funny like petting them on their head without permission first.

Never get too close if Frenchie seems upset!

  • Panting

Panting means there is a problem. If your pup is doing it, it means he is overheated!

When the temperature rises for an extended period of time, especially when we are indoors with air conditioning blasting at us, our bodies have trouble regulating their own temperatures.  Due to humidity levels in the room because moisture from sweat does not evaporate as well. 

This leaves you feeling hot even though your body thinks it is running cold after taking into account all that extra heat being generated by those AC units cycling on high constantly throughout the day and night. 

So if Frenchie starts breathing more heavily than usual or seems lethargic, take him out for some fresh air so he can breathe easy again before things

  • Snuffling

There are many different sounds that can come out of a dog’s nose. A canine might be snuffling, which is an indication they are sniffing the ground and trying to pick up new scents. 

They may also have something stuck in their nostril or even need help breathing if there is too much gunk inside them.

Snuffles often result from excessive drooling due to nasal discharge or being excited.

  • Snoring

Your Frenchie is not just a dog, they are your best friend. 

But if you notice that their snoring has gotten worse and louder than it used to be in the past few weeks or months, then this may indicate other health issues affecting them such as throat tumors which can lead to sleep apnea or even heart disease.

If these symptoms persist for too long without being addressed by a veterinarian then more serious conditions could arise before you know it. 

So take note of any changes in breathing patterns with your pet so you’ll always stay on top of things like proper diet and exercise. 

It is never worth risking life-long health problems because we all want our furry friends around us until the end right? You might have thought that!

  • Barking

The Frenchie is a breed of dog that typically has an unusual bark or howl. This can be indicative of health issues, anxiety, fearfulness or even excitement.

So if you hear your frenchie barking at the top of their lungs and do not know why they are doing so there is no need to fret. 

As it could mean anything from feeling sick to being excited for something good happening.

Wrapping Up!

I know it is a scary situation, but never avoid your Frenchie if he is choking. 

The first step in saving him from this life-threatening emergency is to call for help or take the dog outside and start performing abdominal thrusts on them. 

If you are alone with no one around to perform these moves, then find something hard like a book that can be used as an improvised tool to give chest compressions while simultaneously trying rescue breaths. 

You may need to do this until paramedics arrive so stay strong!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1:What types of choking hazards could my dog face? 

The list of choking hazards is long and scary but here are some examples: pieces from rawhide chews or other bones, toys with holes smaller than the girth, ball-shaped puzzles where the toy has small parts like screws, rivets, springs etc. 

These things that can be mistaken for something edible such as coins or rocks.

Q2:Where is my dog most likely to choke on food or toys?

It can happen any time your dog eats, but it is especially dangerous when they are eating quickly or trying to chew on something too big. Did you also know that toys should NEVER be given as a treat because they could get stuck and prevent air from getting to their lungs which makes them choke really badly.

Q3:How do I recognize if my dog is in distress from the choking hazard? 

In order to identify if your dog is in distress from the choking hazard, you should first check for any obvious signs such as drooling or vomiting. 

If this does not yield a result and/or there are no noticeable symptoms of distress, it is recommended that one call their local vet clinic immediately.

Q4:What should I do if my dog appears to be choking or gagging? 

There is a lot that could be going on with your dog, so it is best to contact the vet if you are unsure. 

If they are gagging but not coughing or drooling any fluid then this may just indicate that their throat has become dry and irritated due to being left outside in extreme temperature for too long. Remember! water can help.

Q5:What steps should I take if my dog does indeed begin to choke and vomit at the same time?

If your dog begins to choke and vomit simultaneously, take these steps:

1. Clear his airway by pulling him upright with the collar or holding him upside down over a bowl so he can remove any obstructions from his throat. 

2. Assess whether more than 10 seconds have passed since either event occurred.

3. If both events are still happening concurrently after ten seconds, head for an emergency veterinarian clinic immediately.