Is your French Bulldog drinking a lot of water?
Sometimes our furry friends drink more than usual and it isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. However, drinking a lot could be a symptom of an underlying health issue.
As with any health concern, it’s important to monitor your Frenchie’s behavior and take note of any changes that could be worth further exploring. Yes, drinking a lot of water is something to be aware of, but as you’ll find out in a moment, there could be several reasons for this change.
The following are a few reasons your Frenchie might be drinking more than their recommended amount of daily water.
Why Is My French Bulldog Drinking So Much?
The simplest reason any dog might be drinking more water than usual is thirst. Dogs, like humans, get thirsty sometimes, especially after strenuous, physical exercise or play.
It is completely normal for your French Bulldog to drink a lot of water during hot weather or after a long walk, however, excessive thirst could also be a sign of disease.
Many of the illnesses associated with drinking a lot of water are best caught in their early stages, so it is important to take your dog to a vet if you are concerned about their thirsty tendencies.
Drinking more than they typically do could be a sign of kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, hypercalcemia or high calcium in the blood, and pyometra, which is a fairly common uterine infection that presents itself in unspayed female dogs.
A diagnosis is near-on impossible for an unqualified dog owner, especially if your pup’s only symptom is drinking a lot of water. So, don’t just guess! Go and get a second opinion from a veterinarian. Time is of the essence when treating and possibly curing these types of diseases.
Should I Be Worried About My French Bulldog Drinking A Lot?
If you suspect something is wrong with your Frenchie check with a vet. But keep in mind that drinking too much water isn’t always a cause for concern.
Doggie diseases usually show more than a single symptom. So, if your dog is drinking excessively, be sure to keep an eye out for other symptoms of illness linked to this behavior. For example, if your French Bulldog is also vomiting, exhibiting lethargy, has bad breath with a slight chemicalized smell, has lost weight, has ulcers, is dehydrated or has a poor appetite – then it is probably time to visit a vet.
If you don’t notice any other changes in behavior or additional symptoms your Frenchie may just be thirstier than usual due to heat, exercise, or some other reason. Keep an eye on them over a few days – if the symptoms don’t subside then see your vet.
How Should I Manage Excessive Drinking?
If your French Bulldog has a clean bill of health, yet continues drinking a lot of water, it could simply be a habit they’ve formed, since dogs are generally rooted in their routines.
In order to manage their excessive drinking, you could limit the amount of water you leave in their bowl. With a vet’s recommendation, medication is also available to help alleviate your Frenchie’s immense thirst. Or they may suggest a change in diet.
Don’t forget to take your dog outside multiple times a day so they can get rid of all the waste accumulated from their drinking. Holding it in could result in household accidents as well as pain, kidney problems, and urinary tract infections.
It is important to spend time with your Frenchie, understand their habits, and be ready to spot any unusual changes in behavior.
When it comes to drinking more water than usual, don’t stress. There are many causes for this type of behavior, ranging from simple thirst to serious illness. The reason this is happening could be completely innocent. Of course, don’t be complacent either. If your instinct tells you something is off and the symptoms are obvious, get to the vet as soon as possible.
Will is the proud co-owner of Frankie, a Female Brindle French Bulldog, with his wife Michelle. We share our Frenchie experiences with the world to help health-conscious French Bulldog owners who want a happy, healthy, and long-living dog.