My French Bulldog Is Bleeding From Anus – What To Do!

My French Bulldog Is Bleeding From Anus – What To Do!

My French Bulldog Is Bleeding From Anus: If your French Bulldog has blood coming from their anus, you like anybody would be worried. Bleeding from the rectum can be a serious condition that your Frenchie is experiencing.

However, there can be several reasons that this could be happening—these include Anal gland problems, foreign body ingestion, rat poisoning, Hemorrhage, Constipation.

Anal Gland Problems Can Cause Bleeding

Among the most likely reasons for rectal bleeding is an anal gland issue. Just inside your Frenchies anus are two scent glands. Usually, these scent glands emit a small quantity of odour on the faecal matter as it passes.

Creating a distinct smell that tells other dogs who the poo belongs to. A dog can also emit from their anal glands in reaction to fear and anger — if you have ever been in the vicinity of anal gland liquid you will know of its scent and can be described as a foul fishy smell.

How Does Anal Abscess Develop?

Your Frenchies anal glads can become impaired when an obstruction occurs in the duct which passes from the glands to the anus.

The common causes of obstruction throughout the duct include producing a softer stool or diarrhoea, infections that lead to the inflammation of the sac and duct.

It’s a popular misunderstanding that your Frenchie scooting implies that they have worms. Interestingly, worms and parasites are not the cause of inflammation of the anal glands.

Your French Bulldogs anal glands are usually enlarged at this point and not that painful. That being said, when an anal gland infection occurs, your Frenchies rectum can become sore, swollen, and often lead to an abscess.
As well as there may be bleeding from the anus. Anal gland infection occurs when obstruction of the duct causes inflammation to the local area.

Symptoms of Anal Gland Issues

When this occurs, your Frenchie may show signs of anal gland issues, the most common one being:

Bleeding and/or swelling near the anal region
Excessive licking of the anal area and hind end
Straining to defecate
Releasing a sudden foul (fishy) odour
Leaking of anal gland fluid
Scooting and discomfort of the rear end

How Is It Treated

You may not be up to the challenge, however, if you feel confident doing this, then this method can be performed at home. It is highly recommended that you have your vet show you how to do this for the very first time.

It is advisable for you to have a second person around to help your Frenchie stand still while you perform the procedure.  

Expressing poorly can create irritation and contribute to more issues, so ensure sure that you can execute tasks appropriately. Below is a video that explains the process. Warning some people may find this hard to watch.

If your Frenchies scooting is a chronic problem at home and your French Bulldogs anal sacs need to be expressed frequently, you may choose to have the glads removed by surgery.

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Can Foreign Body Ingestion Cause Bleeding In Dogs

When something is eaten by your French Bulldog, it will take between 10-24 hours to pass through the whole digestive system. Even so, certain things will take longer.

Often items are just too large to move through the digestive system, and if this is the situation, they will cause obstruction.

If the foreign object makes it to the colon, it is then likely to pass – but there is still a probability that it’ll be unpleasant, particularly if it is sharp. In situations like this, you will need veterinarian help.

Never pull a foreign material out of the rectum of your Frenchie.   If it is still within your Frenchie, it can inflict damage to the internal tissues.

Symptoms If The Object Becomes Stuck

Look out for these common signs to see whether you ought to seek veterinary care:

Bleeding from the rectumVomiting
DiarrheaAbdominal tenderness or pain
Lack of appetiteStraining to defecate
LethargyBehavioural changes such as biting or growling

If a blockage from an object is suspected, then your vet will use x-rays to validate the condition. Several x-rays will always be required using contrast dye (dyes) to identify the item.  

Your veterinarian will also want to conduct blood tests to assess if your Frenchies general health has also been adversely affected by the obstruction.

They will also try to rule out any potential other causes such as enteritis, pancreatitis, parasites, or hormonal diseases like Addison’s disease.

Treatment of Foreign Body Ingestion

If your Frenchie has eaten a foreign body like a stick, a rock, or other strange objects – a few treatment options are available, depending on the health of your French Bulldog.

When your Frenchie has been excessively vomiting, crying in pain, and basically distressed. Then the very first thing your vet can do is offer IV fluids and pain medication.

If your Frenchie still has a foreign object in their stomach, making them vomit can make it easier for your French Bulldog to get rid of the item.

The item can also be extracted by endoscopy, during which a long tube is inserted into your Frenchies mouth and used to force the item out of the stomach.

Your vet will make suggestions and, if needed, will request that your French Bulldog be hospitalized for careful supervision.

If the object makes it into the intestine, an operation is inevitable. It is extremely necessary, as described earlier, obstruction in the intestine or abdomen will interrupt blood flow to the stomach and digestive tissues. Within a few hours, the tissue could become necrotic.

My French Bulldog Is Bleeding From Anus - What To Do!

Can Rat Poisoning Cause Bleeding In Dogs?

There are two main types of rat poison: first-generation baits such as Ratblitz that have a brief period of effect and needs the bait to be ingested for a long time before it becomes fatal.

Second-generation baits like Talon and Ratsak that have a long rapid onset and a single dose can cause death.
Rat poison is an anticoagulant by reducing the bodies natural supply of vitamin K. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that is important for the production of blood coagulation.

It may take up to five days after absorption to start showing signs of poisoning.

Symptoms Rat Poisoning

Symptoms of poisoning are connected with bleeding, which may vary from quite mild symptoms, like slight bleeding of the gums, to significant bleeding from anywhere.

When your Frenchies clotting system is functioning correctly, these injuries are automatically fixed without even being conscious of them.

However, if the clotting system does not work, these small traumas will not be fixed and will keep bleeding, which will result in any of the below signs:

Blood in the urine or faecesLethargy
Bruising under the skinPale gums 
Bleeding from the nose and AnusContinued bleeding from small cuts
Vomiting and diarrhoeaCoughing or breathing difficulties
LamenessSeizures and muscle tremors

Rat Poisoning Treatment

If you have seen your Frenchie eating rat poison, it’s essential to get them taken to the veterinarian, this is an emergency. If you’ve not seen your Frenchie consume any rat poison but notice symptoms that could be linked to being poisoned as mention above, then you should see your vet again as soon as possible.

A blood test will need to be evaluated for clot formation and iron deficiency. Treatment could be as easy as giving you French Bulldog vitamin K supplements for up to 6 weeks, or it may involve more intensive care, including blood transfusions and hospital admission.

Sometimes in instances, some dogs may perish even with the most intensive care.


Canine hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is a condition affecting dogs with the sudden occurrence of vomiting and diarrhea, containing varying quantities of blood. It is most common in small and medium-sized breeds.

Your Frenchie may look slightly sick in the intervening 24hrs, but they can also look fully normal before the onset of symptoms. The disease rapidly progresses, and urgently needs to be treated.

The cause of haemorrhagic gastroenteritis is unclear. However, bacterial toxicity appears to be responsible. Consuming spoiled food can contribute to the onset of the disorder.

There is a substantial loss of blood and fluid from the bloodstream to the intestinal system, resulting in rapid, extreme dehydration and trauma.

Subsequently, the blood can become so thick that it moves through the blood vessels extremely slowly. If left unchecked, haemorrhagic gastroenteritis will be fatal.

Symptoms of Hemorrhage

The characteristic of haemorrhagic gastroenteritis in dogs is bright or dark red blood in the stool. Here are some clear signs that your Frenchie may have haemorrhagic gastroenteritis:

Drops of blood from the rectum
Stool with mixed mucous and blood
Clumps or pools of the gelatinous bloody fluid

Treatment of Hemorrhage

Because it is hard to know if the Frenchies condition could progress seriously, veterinary treatment is required in all cases of diarrhoea, particularly for puppies, elderly dogs as they are at greater risk of dehydration.

Veterinarian treatment is absolutely essential if your Frenchie shows symptoms of vomiting, nausea, blood, pain or fatigue.

Constipation Can Cause Bleeding

We have already written a great article about what to look for with your French Bulldog when it comes to constipation. Please click to read more.

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