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Drinking More Than Usual

Urgency level: Medium priority

Contact your family veterinary practice in 1-2 days if not resolved, or if the situation gets worse

What to do next

Monitor your dog for new symptoms or persistent excessive drinking

  • Monitor your dog closely for any new symptoms or changes in behavior. If the dog becomes very lethargic or starts vomiting, contact your family 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.
  • If you make an appointment to go to the vet, collect a urine sample (store in the fridge).


Why it’s medium priority

Occasional excessive drinking is normal

  • Just like in humans, dogs can occasionally drink more than usual (especially after a period of exercise).
  • However, persistent excessive drinking (more than a few days) indicates an underlying problem such as kidney disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetes Insipidus, Cushing’s Disease, and endocrine disorder
  • These all require veterinary attention to rule out possibilities of an underlying condition.


Home care tips

Record your dog’s water intake

  • Try to record how much water your dog is drinking in a day. 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.
  • Learn more about drinking more (excessive thirst) in dogs


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