How to Prevent Bulldog Flatulence

By Simon Foden

There are so many things to love about bulldogs, but their predisposition to flatulence isn’t one of them. Their sensitive digestive systems and their brachycephalic facial structure, which gives them their characteristically flat-faced appearance, are two reasons why these lovable lumps are gassier than most. Bulldog owners are by no means doomed to a life of wafting away those ripe aromas; you can try a number of things to cut out the gas.

Rule Out Medical Issues

Food intolerances, such as gluten allergy or lactose intolerance, can cause flatulence in dogs of all shapes and sizes, but given his natural predisposition to gas, any digestive issues are likely to cause your bulldog to pass wind. Examine his stools, monitor his weight and keep a close eye on his energy levels. Flatulence, combined with loose stools, weight loss and lethargy, can be a sign of dietary intolerance. Medication for existing conditions also can cause flatulence.

Diet Modifications

Low quality food is difficult for any dog to digest, but for a bulldog’s sensitive digestive system it is particularly difficult, making quality of the highest importance. Read the ingredients on all packaging and choose only a good food with quality proteins and low, or preferably zero, levels of ash. Avoid foods high in corn or corn-based products as these are typically used as filler. Avoid feeding your dog table scraps too, as his sensitive digestive system may struggle to handle rich human foods. Bulldogs are predisposed to obesity, which can cause excessive flatulence. If your bulldog is overweight or obese, consult your veterinarian about an appropriate weight loss program.

Feed Smaller Portions

Bulldogs naturally struggle to eat in an efficient manner due to the flatness of their face. They adopt a rather noisy gobbling technique to get that food into their mouths and as a result, they swallow a lot of air causing gas to build up in their digestive tract. Combat this by feeding the same daily amount of food but in smaller portions, so your dog gets the same level of nutrition but has more time between eating to digest it all. Elevated feeders can reduce the problem of flatulence by forcing your dog to adopt a different position when eating. Instead of standing with his neck crooked and his face flat against his dinner, the elevated feeder ensures your dog stands with his back straight and his head at an angle to the bowl.

If the Problem Persists

Should none of the above solutions yield a reduction in flatulence, seek veterinary care. Persistent and chronic flatulence can be a symptom of a more serious health condition, such as irritable bowel syndrome, parasites and gastrointestinal cancers.