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French Bulldogs and Regurgitation and Vomiting

French Bulldogs and Regurgitation and Vomiting
February 26, 2022

I attended a 3.5-hour international "Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Disease" symposium yesterday, and the propensity for brachycephalic breeds with congenital airway issues to vomit, gag, and regurgitate was addressed. 

It is estimated that 98% of French Bulldogs with airway disease also have concurrent gastritis-- what happens is that the negative pressure created by the tight nostrils and the elongated soft palate can lead to loosening of the sphincter that separates the esophagus (our "swallow tube") from the stomach. 

These bulldogs can be placed on famotidine (Pepcid) and maybe a few other drugs to help with the symptoms, but the airways still need to be surgically corrected if at all possible, and if indicated. 

I am a brachycephalic airway surgical "expert" and I love helping these individuals live better lives: After surgery, they tend to be more heat tolerant, make less "noise" when breathing, sleep better at night, vomit and regurgitate less often, and have increased ability to exercise. 

Please call us for a consultation if this applies to your pup.

Dr. Kimberly Daffner
"Bulldog Expert" 
(310) 376-0072

A note from the Family Pet Clinic of Redondo Beach team:

Dr. Daffner was not only a beloved member of our team but also a dedicated expert in bulldog and flat-nosed breed care. Her knowledge and passion have left a lasting impact on our clinic and the lives of countless pets. As a tribute to her legacy, we have chosen to keep her informational blog posts available on our website. These articles contain a wealth of knowledge that may be helpful to other veterinarians and pet owners. However, please note that we are no longer offering the specialized services mentioned in these blog posts at Family Pet Clinic of Redondo Beach. We sincerely appreciate your understanding. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at (310) 376-0072. Thank you for your continued support.

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