Like any other dog, French Bulldogs will experience changes in their stool from time to time. But why is my French Bulldog pooping blood all of a sudden? If you’re asking this same question, you badly need to call the veterinarian immediately.
Blood in dog stool can be due to a slew of health problems. This is why you should always consider this as a serious concern, especially if there’s a lot of blood on your Frenchie’s stool.
In this post, I discuss the possible reasons why Frenchies get bloody stools and what you need to do about it. Still, you should remember that your dog’s veterinarian is the best person to consult when it comes to this problem.
Types of bloody stools in dogs
Bloody stools in dogs are categorized into two types: hematochezia and melena. Basically, these two types tell where the blood is coming from in your pet’s digestive system. It’s crucial to know whether the bleeding is serious and how the veterinarian will approach the problem.
With hematochezia, the blood in the Frenchie’s poop will have a bright red color. This means that the bleeding is occurring somewhere in your pet’s lower digestive system. Most of the time, stools that fall within this category will only have small traces of blood.
Meanwhile, bloody stools that fall in the melena type have a black and tarry color. Frenchie owners describe this poop as having an asphalt black color. It means that the bleeding is occurring in the upper digestive tract and is more worrisome than the first type.
The challenging part with melena is the fact that it’s not easy to notice. Many pet owners may associate the dark stool color with their pet’s diet.
Why is my French Bulldog pooping blood?
There are over a dozen possible causes as to why your French Bulldog is having bloody stools. Still, the following are the most common culprits according to veterinarians and pet owners alike.
If your French Bulldog’s stool has fresh blood on it, you should check if the dog is constipated.
Constipation causes a lot of straining while the dog is pooping. This straining can lead to fluids and blood getting flushed together with the poop.
Aside from that, stiff and large poop can lead to anal fissures. These tiny tears in your dog’s rectum occur as it tries to push out the large stool. In the process, the fissures will bleed and the blood will mix with your dog’s poop.
While anal fissures usually heal on their own, you still need to address their main cause. It’s important to help soften your Frenchie’s stool by adding more fiber to its diet. You should also increase your dog’s exercise if it’s leading a sedentary lifestyle.
However, you should also know that constipation can be a secondary condition of other health problems. For example, constipation can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, renal issues, and tumors. So if your Frenchie seems to have a perpetual state of constipation, you should get it checked at the vet.
2. Allergies or dietary intolerances
If your dog isn’t constipated, the next thing you should rule out is allergies or intolerances. The allergen or ingredient your dog can’t digest will trigger inflammation in the digestive system. This can lead to tarry and black stools.
Take note that food allergies and intolerances rarely go away on their own. Also, exposing your dog to the substance or ingredient won’t help build tolerance. Instead, it will just make the adverse reactions worse.
When it comes to intolerances and allergies, a change in diet is often the best solution. You should do this upon the advice of your Frenchie’s veterinarian. Also, the switch should be performed gradually as Frenchies are known to have sensitive stomachs.
3. Anal sac issues
Canines have two anal glands, one on each side of their anus. These glands release unique scents, which serve as the identity of your pet. However, if not expressed regularly, these glands can harbor moisture, traces of feces, and other nasty substances.
Over time, unexpressed anal sacs will become inflamed and infected. This infection can cause bleeding, especially as your Frenchie poops. And if your dog is constipated, the bleeding could be much worse.
Overall, anal gland problems can be prevented with proper grooming. However, if your Frenchie’s anal sacs are already inflamed, you should bring them to the vet for proper treatment.
In cases when the Frenchie’s anal sacs are poorly positioned, the vet may decide to remove it entirely.
4. Parasitic infestation
Intestinal worms can also be the reason behind your French Bulldog’s bloody stool. This condition is called dysentery.
Dysentery happens when intestinal worms and other irritants trigger an intestinal infection. When this happens, blood will mix with the stool before it gets expelled.
Another thing with intestinal worms is that they can cause rashes around your dog’s vulva (for female dogs) and rectum. These rashes may bleed and cause fresh blood to get mixed with your Frenchie’s poop.
Aside from the blood, you can check for the presence of white grain-like segments on your Frenchie’s poop. Other intestinal worms like roundworms and whipworms will come out like spaghetti and can be a few inches long.
Overall, intestinal worms are highly preventable with quarterly deworming. Make sure that you consult your dog’s veterinarian for the proper dosage and deworming drug to use.
5. Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis
Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is a condition among canines characterized by vomiting and defecating with blood. It can affect any breed, gender, and age of a dog, though it’s most commonly observed in smaller breeds.
Moreover, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis often occurs without warning. This means that your Frenchie may suddenly poop with fresh blood on it even if it appears healthy beforehand.
This condition is often triggered by intestinal ulcers, foreign bodies, trauma, bacterial infection, and blood-clotting disorders. Still, it’s not fully known what triggers this health problem. It’s best to bring your French Bulldog to the veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Take note that hemorrhagic gastroenteritis can be life-threatening if not treated early on. This is due to the bleeding and dehydration secondary to vomiting and bloody diarrhea.
Overall, it’s not fully known what causes hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. This makes the condition difficult to prevent among dogs.
One of the hallmark signs of parvovirus in French Bulldogs is bloody stool. It’s an extremely contagious condition, which is often observed in puppies who are yet to receive their vaccinations.
Once a dog contracts parvovirus, the virus will target the canine’s small intestines. It will damage the intestine’s cells, which will disrupt nutrient absorption and destroy the gut barrier. In some cases, parvovirus can also affect the heart and the pup’s bone marrow.
The severity of parvovirus varies across canines. Still, your Frenchie will surely suffer from bloody diarrhea, anorexia, fever, vomiting, and weakness. Overall, puppies younger than six weeks old are the most susceptible to the infection.
Technically, there’s no cure for parvovirus. The only thing the vet can do is provide support for your French Bulldog until its body successfully fights off the virus naturally.
Take note that veterinary care is still crucial for parvovirus infection since the vet will have to assess the potential damage on your Frenchie’s intestinal walls. This is to prevent secondary infections and further bleeding.
Colitis is a condition that refers to the inflammation of a dog’s colon. It will initially manifest through bloody diarrhea (hematochezia) and traces of mucus on the Frenchie’s stool. In some cases, the bloody stool can be hard to pass, which will lead to pain and further bleeding.
Take note that colitis can be a secondary condition to irritable bowel syndrome. It can also be triggered by dietary indiscretion as well as allergies.
French Bulldogs suffering from colitis will also experience increased flatulence, poor appetite, and weight loss. Also, colitis can be recurring and acute.
The treatment for canine colitis varies, depending on what triggered it in the first place. In most cases, the vet will conduct an X-Ray or ultrasound examination to see if your Frenchie ingested foreign objects. Your dog will also be put in a period of fasting to let its digestive system rest and recover.
When it comes to colitis, you have to follow the vet’s orders strictly. This is to prevent the condition from recurring and to clear up the bloody stool of your Frenchie.
8. Inflammatory bowel disease
French Bulldogs are one of the dog breeds with a higher predisposition to irritable bowel disease (IBD). This condition causes vomiting and bloody diarrhea. It’s often caused by irritation in the intestinal tract, including allergies and parasitic infestation.
If not treated, IBD can last for months. This will lead to weight loss and declining health on your French Bulldog. In some cases, affected dogs will start to have a massive appetite as they try to compensate for poor nutrient absorption brought by the disease.
To diagnose IBD, the vet will conduct blood and stool testing. Tissue biopsy may also be necessary to confirm the type of IBD your Frenchie is suffering from.
Like colitis, there’s no absolute cure for inflammatory bowel disease. The vet will provide diet recommendations, medications, and supplementation to help prevent the disease from recurring.
Nevertheless, IBD is rarely a life-threatening condition if treated right away. However, severe cases of IBD can lead to cancer, though this is quite a rarity.
9. Physical trauma
If your French Bulldog doesn’t have a history of health problems mentioned above, the next thing you have to consider is physical trauma. It’s possible that your pooch got hit by a car or it fell from an elevated space.
Injuries due to physical trauma aren’t always easily visible. Some Frenchies won’t show signs of pain until their condition is already worsening.
If your Frenchie injured its digestive tract, it will have bloody stool, which can be bright red or tarry. It all depends on the area of injury.
The only way to confirm gastrointestinal tract trauma is to bring your Frenchie to the vet. At the clinic, the veterinarian will conduct an X-ray examination to see if your pet is suffering from some form of internal injury.
10. Blood-clotting disorders
A French Bulldog pooping blood might be suffering from a blood-clotting disorder. This can cause bleeding in the bowels, nose bleeding, and random bruising. And if the Frenchie underwent surgery, it will experience prolonged bleeding and healing.
However, blood-clotting disorders in dogs aren’t easy to detect. Canines need to have a severe case of blood clotting for the tests to produce a reliable result.
Aside from that, your French Bulldog could suffer from different types of blood-clotting problems. It can be hemophilia or prothrombin disorders with varying factor types.
In this case, the best course of treatment is an intravenous transfusion. It depends on the severity and type of bleeding problem your dog has. In general, there’s no specific treatment or cure for this condition. Most cases can only be managed through life-long veterinary care.
11. Swallowing sharp objects
Ingestion of sharp objects like toys, bone splinters, and foreign matter can also lead to bloody stools in French Bulldogs. Take note that this condition can be life-threatening as the sharp object can puncture the canine’s intestinal tract.
Take note that you should never induce vomiting if you suspect that your Frenchie swallowed a sharp object. Doing so may cause more damage as the sharp object moves abruptly inside your dog’s digestive system.
Instead, you should bring your Frenchie to the vet immediately. While most dogs will suffer from bloody stools in this case, others will fail to defecate as the foreign object blocks their intestinal tracts.
In some cases, Frenchies suffering from this problem will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the sharp object.
12. Improper use of NSAIDs
Lastly, the blood in your Frenchie’s stool might be the effect of improperly administering non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to your pet.
If your French Bulldog experiences bloody stool, vomiting, yellowing gums, and changes in urination, you should stop the medication right away. Also, you should call the veterinarian immediately as these symptoms indicate an adverse reaction to the drug.
Take note that you should never give paracetamol to your dog if not prescribed by the vet. This drug can be highly toxic and damaging to an animal’s liver. The same goes for medications like ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, diclofenac, and so on.
In case your French Bulldog got into your medicine supply and ingested these drugs, you should call the vet right away. If your dog’s vet is out of reach, you can call a pet poison hotline instead.
What to do if your Frenchie is pooping blood?
If you notice blood in your French Bulldog’s stool, the best person to call is the veterinarian. It doesn’t matter if the blood is bright red or black – your dog needs immediate veterinary attention.
You should also keep an eye on other symptoms like vomiting, poor appetite, lethargy, seizures, and behavioral changes. Make sure that you mention all these to the vet since it will help with diagnosis and treatment.
Never try to self-treat your French Bulldog’s bloody stool. Only the vet can diagnose the real cause of the bleeding and how to treat it.
If the vet isn’t readily available, you can call try calling a pet helpline for assistance. These helplines have in-house veterinarians and experts who can give you first-aid instructions for your dog.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is dog pooping blood an emergency?
A: If your dog is pooping blood in large amounts, you have to call the veterinarian immediately. This is an emergency since excessive blood in the stool is far from normal. You should seek immediate veterinary attention, especially if your Frenchie is refusing to eat, vomiting, and is lethargic.
Q: When should I take my dog to the vet if there’s blood in his stool?
A: Basically, you should bring your dog to the vet the moment you discover that it has blood in its stool. This way, your pet will be diagnosed properly and treated right away. Take note that bloody stools can be a sign of a life-threatening situation. It’s best to err on the side of caution and take your Frenchie to the vet immediately.
Q: Why is my dog’s poop reddish-brown?
A: A reddish-brown color on your dog’s poop is a sign of blood. This could mean that bleeding is occurring in the middle of your dog’s digestive tract or somewhere near the large intestine. Meanwhile, stool with fresh blood means that the bleeding is happening in the anal glands or anywhere near the opening of your pet’s anus.
Q: Can I treat my dog’s bloody stool at home?
A: It’s not advisable to perform home remedies on your dog’s bloody stool until you consult your pet’s veterinarian. Also, home remedies may harm your dog more, especially if the cause of bloody stools is already life-threatening.
Q: Will blood in my dog’s stool go away on its own?
A: Some cases of bloody stools in dogs will go away on their own. However, you should still seek the vet’s advice to ensure that it’s not something serious. Also, you have to check whether your dog’s bloody stool is accompanied by pain and other adverse symptoms.
A French Bulldog pooping blood should be given immediate veterinary attention. This condition can be anything from a mild injury to a serious health problem. You’ll never know until the veterinarian performs the necessary tests and examinations.
Take note that when it comes to bleeding problems, time is often your enemy. This is why you should never put off treatment once you notice the symptoms on your Frenchie.