‘I think that my French Bulldog doesn’t drink enough water.’ This is a sentence that we often hear from pet parents. Since water is a crucial element of everyone’s body, our dogs should drink it to maintain normal circulation, keep organs healthy, and remove waste and toxins from their bodies. Prolonged water refusal may lead to severe consequences, so that’s why we should help our dogs immediately.
How to know if my French bulldog is dehydrated?
Dehydration in French bulldogs usually occurs during warmer months. Since they have flat skulls, they can’t regulate their body temperatures quickly. Just like us, they lose body fluids through sweating. Therefore, we have to provide them with plenty of water and frequently change the water in their bowls during the day.
These are the signs of dehydration in dogs that you have to follow:
- Sticky and dry gums
- Sunken eyes
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Slow heart rate
Your dog needs to drink more than you do! Dogs have a much higher risk of dehydration because they can’t sweat as we do. The only place they can sweat is through their paw pads. The amount of water also doubles after rigorous exercise or when temperatures are especially hot–so make sure your pup drinks two ounces per pound (or about four glasses) every day no matter what kind of weather is happening outside.
Potential causes why does your Frenchie refuse water
Water is a dog’s lifeblood and when fall comes around, they usually slow their water intake. This can alarm you because it means the temperature has dropped more than usual- but don’t worry! Your pet probably isn’t as thirsty due to cooler weather or less exercise in recent weeks. However, if this continues without addressing both issues together then there may be problems ahead for him/her with dehydration.
Senior dogs drink less water
Senior French bulldogs drink less water because their thirst and hunger receptors are starting to diminish. Besides, they’ll decrease their activity which will lead to lower water intake. In case your senior pooch shows symptoms of dehydration, then it’s advisable to switch him/her to canned food. Canned dog food contains a high percentage of water, however, before grabbing the first one from the shelf, make sure you carefully read the label. Frenchies should not eat food rich in additives, artificial flavors, and by-products.
Changes in the environment can be very stressful for Frenchies. When a dog feels insecure in a certain place, you’ll have to give your furry friend plenty of emotional support. In case he needs to drink water or eat from unknown dishes, it can be a stressful occasion too. Therefore, make sure you tell your Frenchie plenty of praise words and give him/her emotional support.
Painful teeth and gums represent another reason for your Frenchie’s water drinking refusal. Cold water can cause sharp pain in your dog’s gums, so in case you know that your pooch has dental issues, make sure you pour lukewarm water into the bowl.
A stuck element between your French bulldog’s teeth or jaw can be extremely painful. It’s usually followed by excessive slobbering. The dog will also paw the mouth to get rid of the foreign object. Therefore, if you notice such behavior in your Frenchie, make sure you check his mouth and teeth.
How To Help Your French Bulldog To Drink Water?
Dogs love food that makes noise while being chewed. Therefore, consider giving your furry gremlin ice cubes to lick and chew. They can be a great summer snack and also help in preventing heatstroke in your French bulldog. Adding warm water to a dry kibble diet can also help. It will be moist but still tasty. Canned dog food contains almost 80% of water which can be a good option for Frenchies who deal with obesity. Another trick that might suit your Frenchie is to give him to drink water from the bottle. You can also try to test different bowls or even add a specific flavor to the water.