Is my French Bulldog, Cockapoo or West Highland Terrier drinking enough in hot weather?

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Freddieposingcockapoo, LordPorkChop and a Westie

How much should my Cockapoo, French Bulldog or West Highland Terrier drink?

As the weather heats up, it’s really important to keep your dogs healthy and hydrated. Pictured above are the inimitable @freddieposingcockapoo , the venerable @lordporkchop and a West Highland Terrier (we need to find one to be our friend!)

On average, the above three breeds weigh around 10kg so on cool days, they should be drinking roughly 500ml or 1 bowl of water per day. On a warmer day, this increases by 50% to 750ml of water or 1.5 bowls of water.

If your Cockapoo, Frenchie or Westie weigh a little more or a little less than Freddie, LordPorkChop or their Scottish friend, the rule of thumb is that they should drink 50ml/kg bodyweight on a cool day or 75ml on a warm day*

Remember dogs are 80% water (vs humans who are 60% water) so a dog can dehydrate fast – particularly as two out of three dogs don’t drink the vet recommended amount of water per day** .

The key signs of heat stroke are:

  • panting heavily
  • drooling excessively
  • becoming distressed
  • appearing drowsy, lethargic or uncoordinated
  • vomiting

By the time you’ve spotted signs of dehydration, it’s already very serious as this can cause serious organ damage and even death. If you see sunken eyes, dry gums, lethargy, weakness, collapse and loss of skin elasticity, you should contact your vet immediately.

How do Slurps work?

If your dog doesn’t drink enough or can be fussy when they’re out and about, Slurps can help. Made from all natural ingredients and high omega 3 fish oils, they are super tasty so dogs lap them up.

Pour Slurps over food
Pour Slurps over food

Just pour over food or give to them as a drink between meals. (Don’t add to water). Some people even make Slurps into ice cubes!

If you’d like to order Slurps, please click HERE for our most popular mixed pack.

We’ve written a separate blog post about French Bulldogs in hot weather as they are brachycephalic which puts them at more risk. Please click here for more info

**Slurps research 150 dogs.


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