I have a 9 year old bulldog that isn't drinking as much as he should for the past week or so. I have the water bowl where I can see it and he doesn't drink so I have been putting dry-kibble into the water bowl. He definitely drinks when I do that as all the water and kibble are consumed, but am wondering why he isn't drinking as much. When I take him outside and tell him to "potty" he doesn't go or as quickly as he did a month ago. I have cleaned the bowl and my other dog has no problems drinking
1. Is this due to age? He has had no major health issues so far. I know seniors need to eat less and drink less but this is worse than less hydration.
2. Is this symptomatic of something else? Before my beloved cat passed away, she couldn't drink enough water as I soon learned because of kidney failure. So I'm afraid this indicates some disease.
3. Should I start feeding him wet dog food? He has never had wet food in his life. Is mixing kibble with cups of water enough and how much water should he consume at male/9 years old/60lbs?
I am apprehensive to go to the vet as I always get vague answers from the many I've seen in the past. Vets seem best for traumatic and obvious injuries. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.