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How can I tell if my French bulldog is dehydrated?

With so many health benefits, water is extremely important for all dogs. However, French Bulldogs are more susceptible to health problems due to a number of factors such as their short muzzles and small tracheas which make breathing difficult when they drink too quickly or eat food that gushes liquid like soup. Therefore it’s imperative you monitor the amount your Frenchie drinks each day. If he/she isn’t drinking enough, then this could be an early sign of something going wrong with his/her body. At the same time, excessive consumption can lead to diarrhea or vomiting– both equally dangerous conditions in this breed! To determine if your French bulldog is dehydrated, read on and find out the truth.

How much water does my Frenchie need to drink?

If your dog is not getting enough water, you will notice symptoms such as dry skin and loss of appetite. Dehydration can lead to organ failure, seizures, or even death depending on how severe the deficiency is. A lack of water in the body will decrease blood flow and the delivery of oxygen to organs and tissue. It can also result in electrolytes being lost such as sodium, chloride, and potassium which are important for the functioning of the heart rate or muscle contraction.

If your Frenchie is a healthy adult, he/she should drink around three cups of water per day. When we talk about puppies, they can drink half a cup of water every couple of hours.

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What are the causes of dehydration in French bulldogs?

A dog might become dehydrated if it doesn’t have proper access to water or won’t drink enough. Symptoms of dehydration can include acute attacks of vomiting and diarrhea, heatstroke, illness with a fever, etcetera. Acute attacks are sudden and can cause symptoms like nausea and upset stomach which leads to food and drink refusal when they already feel very sick.

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What are the symptoms of dehydration in French bulldogs?

Even though our Frenchies can’t tell us if they feel thirsty, we need to learn how to ‘read’ their body language. Therefore, if you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, you need to respond quickly.

  • Dry nose
  • Sticky and dry gums
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting with or without diarrhea
  • Reduced energy levels and lethargy
  • Sunken eyes
  • Loss of skin elasticity

How to treat dehydration in French bulldogs?

Frenchies should drink a lot of water in hot weather due to their tendency to hyperthermia. Therefore, the best way to keep your pooch hydrated when spending a prolonged time outside is to always carry a bottle of fresh water with you. Portable water bottles with collapsible bowls represent the best solution for warmer months. They can be attached to the leash or a backpack, and your pet can always have an access to fresh water wherever you go.

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When your pet looks dehydrated, try offering them more fresh cool water to help break the cycle that causes dehydration further and prevents them from getting hydration from their regular meals which only exacerbates the issue. If your dog isn’t vomiting, you can give him electrolyte-enhanced fluids like Pedialyte. It’s best to check with the veterinarian for dosage recommendations as every pup is different.

Dogs need to drink at least one ounce of water per pound. This is different for each dog based on their age, weight and activity level. If you are unsure about how much your dog needs talk with a veterinarian who will help you assess this depending on the factors listed above. Our dogs can get sick even if we do everything right. To prevent this, keep inedible objects away from your dog and make sure garbage lids are closed properly. You should also put socks out of reach of your pooch because they could be eaten by accident or purposefully to cause an obstruction that is dangerous for the health of our pet.

 

 

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