My dog ​​drinks a lot: why? Is that bad ?


For a few days or even a few weeks, you have noticed that your dog is drinking more than before. You even think he drinks a lot. Without worrying, you wonder if this is normal. And you’re right ! A dog who drinks too much can suffer from a serious illness. When should you make an appointment with the vet? What can he suffer from? Answers.

Is my dog ​​drinking too much?

Normal consumption

The daily water consumption for a dog is approximately 50 ml per kilogram. Also, if your dog weighs 10 kg, he can drink up to 50 cl of water. If he weighs 20 kg, then he can drink up to 1 liter of water per day. You should know that if you feed your dog with dry food, and therefore dry food, he will tend to drink more. Its water consumption can reach 60 ml per kilogram.

Consumption is too high

Drinking too much water is a condition called polydipsia. It is proven if the dog drinks more than 100 ml of water (per kg) per day. Of course, in hot weather or after physical exertion, it is normal for your dog to drink more water. You should be concerned if consumption remains high for several days or if polydipsia is accompanied by other symptoms.

Symptoms that should alert

As we just said, polydipsia should be taken seriously if it is accompanied by other symptoms. In this case, the risk of disease is higher. Here are the signs to watch out for.

  • Your dog has digestive problems.
  • Your dog is suffering from cataracts.
  • Your dog has gained weight.
  • Your dog has lost weight.
  • Your dog has lost his appetite.

In females, it is important to check that there is no loss of pus from the vulva. If so, she may be suffering from vaginitis or pyometra.

If you notice any other symptoms, we recommend that you make an appointment with the vet as soon as possible.

Polydipsia: the causes

Several diseases can explain your dog’s excessive thirst. In the vast majority of cases, the disease is endocrine in nature, that is, it is caused by hormonal imbalance. Here is a non-exhaustive list of pathologies that can cause your dog to drink too much.

  • Diabetes in dogs is a very common cause of polydipsia. This condition affects the pancreas and directly impacts blood sugar levels (blood sugar levels). To regulate his blood sugar, the dog drinks more.
  • Cushing’s syndrome is like diabetes a disease of the hormonal system. This affects cortisol. Dogs suffering from this pathology drink a lot and are affected by skin disorders, hair loss, dilation of the abdomen, polyphagia, moderate to intense fatigue. It is not uncommon to find a tumor when a dog is suffering from Cushing’s syndrome.
  • Renal failure is also a cause. It affects older dogs but not only. Because it destroys the kidneys, the pathology must be diagnosed early. Vigilance is therefore essential. One of the main signs is the despondency of the animal.
  • The pyometra is a bacterial infection that affects the uterus and therefore only females. If left untreated, the infection can become generalized and lead to sepsis. In the case of pyometra, the female dog does not eat. She is depressed, feverish, and pus may drip through her vulva. The disease mainly affects female dogs that have not been sterilized.
  • Potomania is characterized by an overwhelming urge to drink water. It is a behavioral disorder.
  • Cancerous tumors can explain polydipsia. Indeed, the tumor can cause disturbances and significantly increase thirst.

The high water consumption can be explained by a transient condition. If your dog is on corticosteroid therapy, he may have both polydipsia and polyphagia. Drinking too much can also be caused by dehydration linked to gastroenteritis.

What will the vet do?

Because your dog is drinking too much, you have made an appointment with the vet. It’s an excellent reflex! The earlier a pathology is treated, the greater the chances of a cure. During the consultation, the veterinarian will carry out a complete clinical examination. In addition, analyzes can be performed. The blood test makes it possible to evaluate the state of vital organs like any other but also of the endocrine glands which secrete hormones. Blood sugar can be requested to identify possible diabetes. Urinalysis can be used in conjunction with the tests to make sure the dog is not suffering from dog kidney failure.

Treatments for polydipsia

Polydipsia cannot be treated. On the other hand, if the cause is identified, the veterinarian can offer treatment to overcome the disease. For example, in case of diabetes, insulin injections may be recommended. A specific diet should be put in place to regulate the animal’s blood sugar. In case of tumor or Cushing’s syndrome, drug or surgical treatment is offered. It is the same in the event of renal failure. In all cases, the well-being of the animal is at the heart of the concerns.

Finally, know that even if your dog drinks too much, it should not be limited in any way! Unless the request is made by the veterinarian. Make sure that his water bowl is always full and that the water is changed regularly.