Is Your Dog Drinking A Lot Of Water?
Although it is perfectly normal for your dog to take several water breaks during the day, you may need to worry if your furry friend starts to drink an excessive amount of water. According to Dr. Elizabeth Appleman, a veterinarian at the New York City Animal Medical Center, if your dog drinks a whole bowl of water and keeps on drinking whenever you present him or her with water then you need to start worrying. It is not a good sign if you have to constantly keep filling your dog’s water bowl if your housetrained dog starts drinking out of the toilet bowl and if the dog keeps. Dog drinking excessive water can be a symptom of a medical condition. As such, it is important to take note of the amount of water you dog drinks on a daily basis, that way you can tell if there has been a change in the amount he or she consumes.
Causes Of Dog Drinking Excessive Water
The medical term for this condition (excessive drinking of water) is polydipsia. This problem is one of the more common problems in dogs. There are many underlying causes for pp. Things such as warm weather can lead to your dog drinking a lot of water. That is usually evident right at the beginning of hotter seasons. Other underlying causes to consider are watery diarrhea (in this situation the dog loses a lot of water and needs to replace it), and excessive blood loss. These underlying causes will force the dog to keep rehydrating in an attempt to restore the body’s normal blood and water volumes.
Diseases Which Symptoms Include Excessive Drinking Of Water
Dog drinking excessive water can be a sign of disease. There are times when a dog will drink a lot of water and throw up. If this happens, then you need to seek medical attention for your dog as soon as possible. Polydipsia which is excessive drinking of water normally goes hand in hand with polyuria which is an increased level of urination. It might be a sign of one of the following:
- Abnormal electrolytes (such as low potassium, or high calcium) can cause dogs to drink excessively.
- Adrenal hormone disease (such as Cushing’s disease (excess cortisol production); or Addison’s disease (cortisol deficiency))
- Diabetes insipidus and Diabetes mellitus have many symptoms. One of the early symptoms of diabetes is polydipsia. Other symptoms include dryness of mouth.
- Infection such as UTIs
- Kidney Failure symptoms will include excessive drinking of water as dehydration is one of the signs, urine leakage, vomiting, weight loss, oral ulcers, lack of appetite, pale appearance, bad breath are all symptoms of kidney failure.
- Liver disease – This is usually quite serious.
- Psychogenic polydipsia – This is a condition of the brain and is caused by a mental disorder such as schizophrenia.
- Treatment with certain drugs such as diuretics, corticosteroids, and others can cause your dog to drink excessively.
Some dogs like to drink a large quantity of water. These include large playful dogs who need to amuse themselves by drinking excessively. Also, very active dogs usually pant a lot, and as such need to drink to replace water lost. The main issue has to do with a change in the amount of water your dog drinks. If the amount increases significantly or reduces significantly, you will need to see a vet.
If your dog drinks excessively due to a disease, diagnosis and treatment are important. Almost all the medical conditions that cause dogs to drink excessively can be treated successfully. The vet will first start by determining the cause of the polydipsia, after that, treatments are administered that will help reduce the amount of water the dog drinks. These treatments will also stop your dog from urinating excessively. The major worry is the fact that medical conditions which symptoms include polydipsia and polyuria are usually serious. As such, treatments may not be successful. Surgery may even be required in some cases.
As such, if you ever notice a significant change in your dog’s daily water consumption or have any worry whatsoever, you need to book an appointment with the vet as soon as possible.