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Drinking More Than Usual

Urgency level: High priority

Contact your regular veterinary hospital

What to do next

Contact your regular veterinary hospital ASAP and collect a urine sample

  • If your regular veterinary hospital is open, contact them now. If they are closed, it is probably safe to wait until morning. During your call, be sure to tell them what else is going on in addition to the excessive drinking.
  • In this case, it is the other symptoms you’ve selected in combination that makes this a high priority situation
  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If the dog becomes very lethargic or starts vomiting, contact an emergency veterinary hospital right away.
  • Don’t take away your dog’s water. This will not help your dog, and depending on the underlying issue, may make it worse.
  • Collect a urine sample (store in the fridge if not going immediately to the vets).


Why it’s high priority

Drinking more and decreased appetite indicate a progressing disease

  • While excessive drinking on its own is unlikely an emergency, based on the other signs you’ve selected, your dog could have a condition that requires immediate veterinary attention.
  • Some of the conditions we are worried about include kidney disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetes Insipidus, Cushing’s Disease, and endocrine disorder.


Home care tips

Record your dog’s water intake and restrict exercise

  • Try to record how much water your dog is drinking in a day in a 24-hour period. To do this, use a measuring cup each time you fill your dog’s bowl for a 24 hour period.
  • A normal dog drinks approximately 40-60 ml/kg/day of water.
    • For example: 10 kg dog x 40-60ml/kg = 400-600 ml of water per day (over 24 hours)
  • If your dog is drinking more than 100 ml/kg/day of water, this is considered to be excessive drinking (polydipsia) and should be seen by a vet.
  • Restrict exercise to short leashed walks and bathroom breaks only.
  • Learn more about drinking more (excessive thirst) in dogs


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