French bulldogs are a toy breed of dogs and like we humans, they also need to drink water regularly to keep themselves hydrated and healthy. But sometimes owners get concerned if their French bulldog starts to drink more water than it usually does.
Depending upon certain situations and body conditions a French bulldog may drink a lot of water. Normally a healthy adult French bulldog will drink one ounce of water per pound of its body weight.
In this article you are provided with precise information about the drinking habits of French bulldogs and all the answers related to your French bulldog drinking excess water, so keep reading.
There can be several reasons why a French bulldog drinks a lot of water, some of them may be a matter of concern for the owners. An adult French bulldog weighs around 16-24 pounds and should drink one ounce per pound of its bodyweight that on average is about three cups daily. Drinking more water than normal is medically termed “polydipsia”.
Polydipsia in dogs is not a disease but rather a condition, that can be a sign of disease going on in the dog’s body. French bulldogs can drink more water due to diseases, environmental factors, nutritional factors, etc.
- Renal diseases
Kidney problems like infections can cause excessive drinking of water in French bulldogs.
- Diabetes mellitus and diabetes insipidus
Diabetic dogs also tend to drink more water than normal, due to high sugar levels in the blood.
- Liver diseases
Diseases of the liver can also increase water consumption in dogs.
- Electrolyte imbalance
Due to high calcium or lower levels of potassium in the body, dogs tend to drink more.
- Adrenal hormone disease
This happens when adrenal glands don’t produce a sufficient amount of cortisol and other hormones, thus increasing water consumption due to hormonal imbalance.
- Psychogenic polydipsia
It is a less dangerous condition, it occurs when the dog is neglected by the owners or wants to play or go outdoors all the time, so the dog tries to drink more water to gain the owner’s attention.
- Corticosteroid therapy
Corticosteroid administration for treating different diseases increases the metabolic activity in the body making dogs thirstier hence dogs will try to drink more water.
Fluid loss due to diarrhea can lead to dehydration thus dogs will drink more water.
Pyometra in female dogs and other systemic infections can lead to excessive drinking of water due to high fever.
Environmental factors include:
- Hot weather conditions
French bulldogs are very active and play a lot. They can easily get dehydrated especially in the summer season and will try to drink more often.
Nutritional factors include:
- High protein diet
Dogs will drink more water if they are fed more protein as protein requires a lot of water for metabolism in the body.
- Spicy food
If you have fed anything spicy or the dog has eaten something spicy by itself.
- Salty or sugary treats
Eating salty or sugary food will increase thirst so dogs will drink more.
Can French Bulldogs Drink Tap Water?
It depends upon the source of the tap water. If tap water is coming from a water tank and there are no insects in the tank, no algae growth, quality of water is fine and the tank is completely clean dogs can drink it.
If the tap water is coming directly from a ground source make sure that water quality is good and it’s not hard water (high in mineral content). Long-term use of hard water for drinking can affect the kidneys of dogs. If you think that there may be any kind of organic matter contamination in the water don’t let your dog drink it because there may be bacteria in the water. So, it is advised to use filtered tap water for dogs.
Generally, French bulldog puppies get most of their fluids from their mother’s milk. When puppies are 3 to 4 weeks old, they gradually start to wean, and it is at this age that they will start drinking water because now their mother will not nurse them. By this age, their mother’s milk is also not enough to full fill their needs as they are growing rapidly. So, it’s very important to keep an eye on your puppies and make sure they have started drinking water by this age, otherwise puppies can get dehydrated very quickly.
How Much Water Should A French Bulldog Puppy Consume?
Mostly, puppies require much more water to drink than adult French bulldogs. Due to the rapid growth rate, and playful nature Frenchie puppies have a fast metabolism so they require about half a cup of water every two hours to keep them hydrated. Closely monitor the puppies and make sure they are drinking enough water but not too much. Use small water bowls for puppies so they can have easy access to the water.
As a general rule, drinking water more than the normal requirement can be too much for a French bulldog but the extract amount is not clearly known. Drinking too much water can lead to water intoxication in dogs, symptoms of water intoxication are the following:
- Loss of coordination
- Dilated pupils
- The light color of gums
Drinking too much water can also cause hyponatremia in dogs, excessive water in the blood dilutes the sodium which creates an ionic imbalance in the body.
How To Tell If My French Bulldog Is Dehydrated?
Dehydration can range from mild to severe depending upon the loss of water along with electrolytes and can have a serious impact on the health of French bulldogs, so it’s very important to know the signs and symptoms of dehydration in Frenchies:
- Sunken in eyes
- Dry muzzle
- Dry mouth
- Skin is less elastic, rigidity increases
- More than 12% dehydration can put a dog in shock and it can often lead to death
If you observe these signs in your dog, it is advised to visit a veterinarian because just giving water to your dog may not be helpful in case of severe dehydration. If you want to avoid dehydration, try giving plenty of water along with foods like cucumbers, watermelons, etc. These foods have plenty of water along with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes.
Normally, puppies should be drinking plenty of water but if your Frenchie puppy is not drinking water, you can do the following measures:
- Keep the water bowl clean, this may inspire the puppy to drink water.
- Proper positioning of the bowl is very important, also use a short-sided water bowl so puppies can easily drink the water.
- Material from which the bowl is made is also important for e.g, a Frenchie puppy may get afraid due to the sound of a metal bowl.
- Mixing water along with food may encourage the puppy to drink more water.
- If your puppy is still not drinking, take it to a veterinarian. There may be some underlying illness.
Why Does My Frenchie Vomits After Drinking Water?
Vomiting after drinking water can be a sign of some serious illness but there are plenty of reasons that why French bulldogs’ vomit after drinking water, and they are listed below:
- Due to a problem with the esophagus for example conditions like megaesophagus, esophageal obstruction, etc.
- Dog with an upset stomach may also vomit after drinking water.
- Drinking cold water quickly or after exercise.
- May be due to infections, toxicity, kidney or liver failure, and even cancer.
Do French Bulldogs Drink A lot Of Water?
French bulldogs can drink a lot of water depending upon the different situations, but it’s not always of concern sometimes it can just be due to exercise, running, or hot climate. But there are certain diseases that may cause overdrinking of water in French bulldogs.
Overdrinking may cause water intoxication in French bulldogs but these conditions are usually rare. Puppies will drink more water than adult dogs so it’s very important to keep a check on their water consumption. Provide an adequate amount of water to your Frenchie’s to keep them safe from dehydration. If you suspect that your dog is drinking too much water or drinking no water at all immediately consult a veterinarian.