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The three most common French bulldog allergies (and how to treat them)

Seeing your Frenchie scratching and chewing their paws, or leaving the food they used to love, having no appetite might make you worried. French Bulldog is a sensitive breed to some allergens in food and detergents, but you can keep everything under control following the expert advice from the TomKings Puppies team.

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How to find a healthy French bulldog?

Everything starts with the puppy parents and how the babies are raised from their birth.

First of all, make sure to adopt your Frenchie  from a breeder who gets the puppy parents from a trusted bloodline, as this will ensure your girl or boy doesn’t have genetic illnesses and allergies.

Secondly, check if the breeder gives the best quality food and vitamins to the puppy parents and the newborn puppies. It’s also crucial that each pup has enough space on the farm, this helps avoid infections, which could potentially lead to further allergies.

Just by being careful, and selecting the right breeder, you can dramatically reduce the risk of your French Bulldog baby having to struggle with a nasty allergy.

However, with air pollution, and so much artificial ingredients in our food, detergents and everything around us, we live in an increasingly poisonous world, where both humans and our furry friends are more likely to get allergic. 

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The main types of French Bulldog allergies


Food allergy

The most common food allergy is often related to certain proteins, in most cases, chicken.

Symptoms: lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea. Their skin can become itchy and irritated.

How to cure it: switch your baby’s diet to super premium hypoallergenic dry food, which is suitable even for puppies struggling with cereal allergy. Hypoallergenic food made with insect protein is also great for pets with food allergies. Don’t give him or her any other homemade food, not even treats! 

Check out the article: Best Food For French Bulldog With Sensitive Stomach – 8 Great Options at to find the best hypoallergenic Frenchie food on the market.

Detergent allergy

An ingredient in the cleaning detergents, shampoo, either in a new product, or an old product that caused no problems before. 

Symptoms: you might notice your pup scratching his or her skin, and being irritated. In other cases, you could see your girl or boy losing appetite.

How to cure it: simple switch the detergent to a more environment-friendly one, and the problem will be solved.

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Environmental allergy

This might develop between the ages of three and six, due to the infected environment.

Symptoms: your Frenchie scratches, rubs and licks the affected area.

How to cure it: you can keep it under control with medication. Members of our TomKings Frenchie family recommend Cytopoint, which is indeed an approved medication that brings relief in 4-8 weeks. 

Three tips from Tony, TomKings Puppies

The three most common French bulldog allergies (and how to treat them) - TomKings Blog

#1 In any case, the first thing is to see what has been changed recently: washing detergent, diet, or has anyone else taken care of your Frenchie?

#2 If you can’t think of anything, the best tip is to change to superpremium hypoallergenic dry food.

#3 If that doesn’t help either, contact your vet, and you might be able to take medication.

We’re happy to answer your questions: you have a group of friendly TomKings Frenchie Family Members to help, and obviously the TomKings team is offering you lifelong help with any questions.

The article was written based on the experience of the TomKings Puppies Team. TomKings Puppies have been breeding French Bulldogs for more than 10 years on their farms. All the puppies in this article are from their breed (and none of them has an allergy.) Check their available puppies here, or if you have any questions or comments let us know below the article.


36 thoughts on “The three most common French bulldog allergies (and how to treat them)”

  1. Hi, I’d like to know how to make my friend’s frenchie puppy stop eating his own poop. Thanks!
    – Vikie

    1. Hi Irina,
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      We recommend Hills Science dry food. for young puppies Hills puppy Science dry food.
      I hope this helps, let me know if you have more questions.
      All the best with your pup.

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  13. Laurel Holdway

    One of our frenchies has allergies. I’ve read a lot about dog allergies and how a lot of allergies stem from their gut. I’ve found that pouring about a 1/3 cup Kefir on their dry kibble daily has drastically decreased the constant paw licking. It took about a month, but the Kefir is working. Our boy would lick his paws to the point that the webbing between his paws would be red, angry and swollen. He’d previously been getting Apoquel, but I wanted to try a natural approach to dealing with his allergies. I also washed his paws, when they were inflamed, with Hibiclens at least three times a day. Hibiclens is a surgical scrub and worked extremely well.

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  16. Will R Knuckles

    Hello, my Frenchie is one year old. She has red eyes, sniffing, sneezing, draining sinus, her eyes are so red and irritated. What med do you recommend for her. I use benadryl but it doesn’t do much. Maybe alittle clearer.

    1. Hi Will,

      I’m not a veterinarian, but I can offer some general suggestions.It’s important to consult a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. They can provide personalized advice based on your dog’s specific situation.

      That being said, here are a few things you could consider:

      Visit the Veterinarian: Since your dog’s symptoms seem persistent and not improving with Benadryl, it’s a good idea to take her to a veterinarian for a thorough examination. They can identify the root cause of her symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment.

      Prescription Medication: If your dog’s allergies or irritation are severe, your vet might prescribe stronger medications like antihistamines, steroids, or even allergy shots. These should be administered under professional guidance.

      Environmental Changes: If allergies are suspected, making some changes to your dog’s environment might help. Regular cleaning, using air purifiers, and avoiding triggers like pollen, dust, or certain cleaning products can be beneficial.

      Diet: Sometimes, allergies can be linked to food. Discuss with your vet whether changing your dog’s diet could help alleviate the symptoms.

      Eye Drops: If your dog’s eyes are red and irritated, your vet might recommend eye drops or ointments to provide relief. Make sure to use products specifically designed for dogs and as directed by the vet.

      Moisture: Providing moisture in the air, especially if your dog is spending time indoors with air conditioning or heating, could help alleviate some of the irritation.

      Regular Cleaning: Gently cleaning your dog’s face and paws after being outdoors can help remove potential irritants that might be causing the symptoms.

      I hope she’s getting better soon.

      All the best!

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