Excessive Thirst in Dogs

Drinking water is a natural respond to the thirst your dog is suffering from, and it’s completely

normal. However, according to Dr. Elizabeth Appleman, staff veterinarian at NYC’s Animal

Medical Center, some concerns should be raised if you feel that your dog is drinking too much

water and urinating more than usual. This could be a sign of a medical condition and you should

keep an eye on it.

1. What are sources you should blame for?

a. Polydipsia

Drinking too much water is medically referred as polydipsia and is considered one of the most

common problems you may see in a vet clinic. It may have several underlying causes beyond

dehydration. Some dog might get polydipsia when it gets warmer at the beginning of seasons

change, and they need time to adjust to hot weather. It could also be an attempt to rehydrate or

restore the volume of blood caused by watery diarrhea, excessive panting or blood loss. This

could be easily noticed and treated.

b. A medical condition

If your dog is drinking too much and too quickly that he vomits right after, this could be a

sign of a medical condition. If it goes with excessive urinating (polyuria), it would take a lot of

time and effort to identify what the problem is and in some cases, the cause remains unknown.

However, the most likely chances are that your dog’s got a disease such as kidney insufficiency,

diabetes, an infection, liver disease; a problem with the diet with high in calcium, low in protein

or potassium; or the side effect of the treatment of another medical issue he’s having.

c. Natural disposition (of dogs’ body)

It’s not always a symptom of a problem going on in your dog’s body. It could

be because your dog is a natural excessive drinker and just drinks a lot. These dogs are likely to

be big, playful ones who like to drink or need to drink to replenish the water lost from panting

while they were playing. Age also plays a role as the younger and more active your dog is which means the

more he will drink and urinate. To avoid confusion with a medical problem, you should note

your dog’s daily amount of water consumption and consult your vet if the amount suddenly

plunges or drops.

2. What should I do?

Remember that you must not restrict the dog’s water access unless it is your vet’s instruction.

This could lead to fluid imbalance and dehydration that affect your dog’s health and make it

worse. The only way to fix this problem is to locate the undermine cause and manage it though it

could be hard sometimes. Ignoring the problem and wait for it to pass is never a good idea since

it could be caused by something serious and could be fatal. Contact your vet immediately if you

suspect it is a medical condition so they can run some test to find the problem.

About the Author:

John Braise is a professional blogger who has years of experience writing and giving advice to

those who are in trouble with taking care of their pets. With a very special love for pets in

general and dogs in particular, he yearns for providing information and guidance for those who

have the same desire for looking after their dogs in the best ways.


– Ms. Mina Lee

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