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What is Increased Urination and Thirst?

Frequent urination and excessive drinking are two non-specific symptoms that may be associated with many different diseases in dogs. Called polyuria and polydipsia, they frequently appear in combination. In general, increased production of urine is the primary cause, and dogs drink more to make up for the water being excreted. Hormone imbalance from endocrine disease and kidney failure are the most common reasons for polyuria. Antidiuretic hormone (ADH) controls urine concentration that takes place in the kidneys; a reduction in ADH from the pituitary gland is called central diabetes insipidus, while a reduced response to the hormone in the kidneys is called nephritic diabetes insipidus. Either of these disorders produces large amounts of dilute urine with a low specific gravity. Other endocrine problem, such as diabetes mellitus, hyperadrenocorticism (Cushing’s disease), and hypoadrenocorticism (Addison’s disease) cause increased urination with a higher specific gravity as the body makes an effort to excrete solutes that the kidneys are not able to process. This also happens with direct renal failure and hepatic disease. Other conditions that can be related include electrolyte imbalance, other medications, and infections of the bladder or urinary tract. Rarely, some problems can be psychological or behavioral, in which case polydipsia will be the primary cause and polyuria will result from excessive drinking.

Changes in a dog’s urination and drinking habits can be a sign of serious disease. Increased urination is called polyuria, while excessive thirst is known as polydipsia. The two symptoms frequently occur in combination.

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Symptoms of Increased Urination and Thirst in Dogs

These are some of the signs you might see in a dog with polyuria and polydipsia. 

  • Frequently needing to urinate
  • Accidents
  • Water bowl constantly empty
  • New drinking habits (such as drinking from the toilet with dogs that don’t normally do this)

If you are unsure what is normal for your dog, use these formulas to make a rough estimate.

  • Normal water intake: (140 x number of kg dog weighs) x 0.75
  • Normal urine output: 20 to 40 ml per kg dog weighs over a 24 hour period

Any noticeable change in your dog’s habits should be evaluated by a veterinarian.

Types

The following types of polyuria can help to categorize your dog’s condition.

  • Physiological – basically a normal response to increased drinking; this suggests that your dog’s problem may be behavioral
  • Pharmacological – in response to increased salt intake or medications that increase urine output like diuretics or corticosteroids
  • Pathological – due to a metabolic problem like kidney failure or hormone imbalance; this can be further categorized into water diuresis (dilute urine with a low specific gravity) and solute diuresis (urine with a high specific gravity)

Causes of Increased Urination and Thirst in Dogs

These are some of the many causes of polyuria and polydipsia in dogs.

  • Urinary system (kidney failure, kidney infection - pyelonephritis, bladder infection)
  • Endocrine system (hyperadrenocorticism - Cushing’s disease, hypoadrenocorticism - Addison’s disease, diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus - central or nephritic)
  • Liver disease
  • Uterine Infection (pyometra) in female dogs
  • Some medications
  • Electrolyte imbalance (hypercalcemia, hypokalemia)
  • Cancerous tumors (paraneoplastic syndrome)
  • Behavior problems (rare)
  • Urinary obstruction
  • Dehydration

Diagnosis of Increased Urination and Thirst in Dogs

If you think your dog’s habits are abnormal the first thing the vet will do is take blood and urine tests. Blood cell counts can tell a lot about your dog. If an infection is causing the problem, there will usually be increased numbers of leukocytes, or white blood cells. With Cushing’s disease and Addison’s disease there may be more of some specific kinds of white blood cells, such as lymphocytes or eosinophils. Additionally, your dog may have anemia which could be related to kidney failure or liver disease.

Blood serum tests can help to confirm different problems. Dogs with diabetes may have a high fasting blood sugar. Kidney failure will show in increase in BUN (blood urea nitrogen) and liver disease can have increased ALT, ALP or AST.

Urinalysis in combination with a blood test will tell the veterinarian even more about your dog’s condition. Leukocytes in the urine, suggest a kidney or bladder infection. Red blood cells can indicate a more severe infection. High levels of glucose suggest diabetes while bilirubin can indicate liver disease. Very dilute urine, with a low specific gravity, is associated with diabetes insipidus, while many dissolved solutes and a high specific gravity will be a sign of other conditions.

Once the vet has an idea of what may be causing your dog’s problem, other tests will be necessary to verify the condition. An ACTH stimulation test is often used for endocrine imbalances. Ultrasound or x rays could be needed to check for cancerous tumors or to show abnormalities in the kidneys or liver. If kidney disease is ruled out, a water deprivations test will help to determine whether normal urine concentration is taking place.

Your dog’s breed, medical history and recent medications can all be relevant, especially since many medications can cause polyuria and polydipsia. In cases where no medical reason is apparent, the veterinarian may decide to check for behavior problems. Boarding your dog at a kennel for a few days can help to show if a different environment changes behavior patterns.

Treatment of Increased Urination and Thirst in Dogs

Treatment can vary a lot depending on your dog’s diagnosis. If an infection is causing the problem, antibiotic treatment will usually eliminate it. In some cases, adjusting your dog’s other medications may reduce the problem.

Endocrine imbalance usually requires long term treatment to help normalize hormone levels. Hormone replacements can have significant side effects, so discuss these with the vet. Diabetes mellitus will need to be managed with insulin shots as well as modified diet and exercise.

Some endocrine disorders are related to cancer. In this case, surgery and/or chemotherapy may be necessary, depending on the level of metastasis. Pituitary tumors are slow developing and the accompanying Cushing’s disease or diabetes insipidus may be manageable medically for a while before the tumor itself becomes a problem.

Kidney disease may be treated with diet change, medication, or dialysis treatment depending on what stage it is at. Treatment for liver disease will depend on the cause of the problem.

Recovery of Increased Urination and Thirst in Dogs

Since polyuria and polydipsia are symptoms of many different problems, your dog’s chances of recovery will depend on diagnosis. Many diseases that cause increased urination and thirst require long term medical management. Some may be serious or even fatal. The veterinarian will evaluate your dog’s prognosis based on the source of the problem.

Increased Urination and Thirst Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Foxy
Mixed
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Increased Appetite
Increased thirst
Increased Urination

My dog foxy has been urinating frequently and drinking alot of water. This all started right after I picked her up from a boarding facility after going on vacation for 10 days. She doesn't seem like herself. She is not spayed. She is one and a half year old American bull. She seems like she has a little increased appetite too. Before I took her to the boarding facility she did not have any of these problems.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are numerous reasons why a dog may start excessively drinking and urinating more than normal; it may be down to something as simple as a change of diet whist in the boarding kennel to a hormonal imbalance. Generally the causes for increased drinking and urination are hormonal disease (diabetes, Cushing’s, Addison’s), kidney disease, urinary tract infection, genital tract infection (pyometra – especially in intact females), cancer or dietary problems. Due to the broad range of possible conditions (with a broad range of treatment options), a visit to your Veterinarian for a few simple tests would be helpful to determine the cause and prescribe treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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What did you ever find out regarding Foxy's behavior? I ask because I went on a week long vacation and picked up my dog and now like you excessive drinking/urinating. He also came home with half of his food so he either didn't eat or he was fed their food which would've been a change in diet. Ugh! Hope your dog is ok now.

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Malibu
Bichon Frise
11
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dehydration
Thirsty
Urinating
Whining

My bichon Ive noticed is drinking a lot more water lately and the past few days has been having pee accidents in the house. She usually wakes me up a few times in the middle of the night and I have to let her down so she can get water. Ive also noticed she seems to whine more and usually I let her out but it is frequently. She is spayed and is about to turn 12 years old this year. My work schedule hasnt changed but I have started going to the gym for an hour after work but didnt think that would cause her acting out but I wasnt sure? What kind of tests are done to find out what could maybe be wrong or am I overreacting?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An increase in thirst and urination maybe caused by pyometra or uterine stump pyometra in spayed females, but you would normally see signs of fever, lethargy, possible vaginal discharge and loss of appetite; other causes include diabetes, Cushing’s Disease, Addison’s Disease or toxins. Your Veterinarian would take blood tests and possibly urine tests as well as tests for some specific conditions. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Otis
Cross breed Unknown
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Polyuria
Polydipsia

Medication Used

Desmopressin

My vet has diagnosed Diabetes Insipidus after many tests including blood, urine and a water deprivation test. My dog is about 1 year old, a male, and a rescue dog from another country. He has been started on Desmopressin 100 micrograms twice daily. Orally in tablet form. After about a week i see no real change as he continues with polydypsia and polyuria, resulting in accidents in the house if he is not taken out to garden hourly. he is generally Ok overnight but not always.
Could you suggest any other diagnosis, or can the desmopressin be increased? He is 18kg in weight. What else can be done other than increased dosage of the drug

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I am more familiar with desmopressin as drops; two drops are placed in the nose or conjunctival sac, the dosage is increased until the desired effect is reached. The treatment is dependent on the type of diabetes insipidus Otis has: either he has reduced levels of antidiuretic hormone or his kidney isn’t responsive to antidiuretic hormone. There are many different causes for urinary incontinence, but if Otis has been diagnosed through blood tests as having diabetes insipidus, it would be uncommon for him to have another underlying cause with the same symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lady
mixed
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

peeing the bed at night

My dog is a 16 year old female spayed. she has been peeing the bed at night . only at night. she is not drinking any more than normal. her eating is also the same. whe have moved recently. could the problem be phyology

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Urinary incontinence may be due to stress or change of environment; other causes may be down to infections, neurological disorders, spinal disorders, hormonal disorders or age. It may be useful to have a urinary test performed just to check for the presence of bacteria etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Chihuahua
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination
Thirsty

Unsure if this is an age thing, but Daisy can't get through my workday without having to pee and also now needs to go out multiple times throughout the evening. She drinks quite a bit more water as well. She started to have problem eating the food she's eaten & enjoyed for years. She lost a couple pounds. Dr says she's still at a good weight. She has never been overweight. She is not on any medication and has no known conditions.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An increase in urination and thirst may be symptoms of urinary tract infections, pyometra, metabolic disorders, hormonal disorders, kidney disease or poisoning. Further tests would be required to rule out possible causes. Dietary problems or changes can have an effect on water consumption and subsequent urination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Precious
Pembroke welch corgi
7
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent urination, thrist

Our dog is a Pembroke welsh corgi, she is now 7 years old and spayed. About 4 weeks ago she started to have pee accidents and have an increase in thirst. We have taken her to our vet and they did blood test, urine, stool test and found that she might have an infection. He gave her some antibiotics for the infection and said if no change we shoild get an x-ray. We finished the antibiotics last week and have not seen any improvement, in fact it has gotten worse, to the point where our dog is actually picking up her water bowl and throwing up in the air to let us know she needs more water. After she drinks about 3/4 of the water she walks around the house and urine is just coming out of her, and it seems she's doesn't even realize it. We took her back to the vet and they did x-ray and found nothing wrong. They stated that it could be because she is old. The gave us some mess to strengthen her urethra...I think that's what he said. Not sure if my vet is missing something or not, but so far it has cost us $850.. and still not sure what is going on.....please advise
Thanks you
Joe

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most commonly, incontinence and increased thirst would be attributable to a urinary tract infection. Other causes may be due to hormonal conditions like diabetes or Cushing’s Disease etc… an increase in thirst may be due to a change in diet as well. Urethra problems, neurological conditions and spinal injury can all lead to incontinence. There is a small possibility that the infection isn’t responding to antibiotics which is where culture and sensitivity testing would be required. The only other condition I could mention is a uterine stump pyometra where an infection forms in the remnants of the uterus after a dog has been spayed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Giselle
Pittbull mix
9
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Increased Appetite
Polyuria
High cholesterol
Polydipsia

Medication Used

Vitamin c

Giselle a 9 y/o intact female, pit/lab mix. Recently her water intake and high urine output has caused her urine to be very dilute. She also has an insatiable appetite. She is negative for diabetes and cushings. She is on no medication except vet prescribed vitamin c to neutralize her ph and heartworm prevention. CBC shows no leukocytes, urine likewise with no bacteria. No changes
In the household, no behavioralert changes. We are all stumped.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for an increase in urination and thirst which your Veterinarian would have ruled out all the usual possible causes including: diabetes, Cushing’s disease, pyometra (especially in an older intact female), urinary tract infection, kidney failure, liver disease, some cancers and high calcium levels in the blood. Some dogs develop a psychogenic thirst which is behavioural and isn’t a medical problem, dietary changes may also cause an increase in thirst (new treats etc…); I would keep an eye out to see if another symptom appears which may give an indication to the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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koji
Shiba Inu
3 mos
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Polyuria
Dilute urine
Polydipsia

I have a 3 month old male shiba inu. Just recently he started drinking approximately 4c of water / day and urinating excessive dilute urine . We are in the midst of houstraining - and this has caused a major delay . He eats and sleeps well .. plays with his toys and otherwise seems happy and normal . Could this. E more than a UTI?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Urinary tract infections are a possible cause; other possible causes are hormonal conditions, liver disease, kidney disease and electrolyte imbalances. A urinary sample tested by your Veterinarian would detect any bacteria, glucose and other anomalies. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for such a speedy response . I am collecting a urine specimen and hope to bring him to be seen tomorrow.

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Samuel
German Shepard Mix
5 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Polyuria
Polydipsia

We got our puppy from a rescue center a few months ago, and ever since he came home his drinking and urinating behaviors have been highly abnormal. We have had puppies before, and the frequency and style of his accidents is unusual - he goes sometimes 3 times an hour, and often doesn't seem to notice (does so while walking, standing on furniture, etc). He wets his crate at night, and no amount of praising when we take him outside makes a difference. He is also extremely desperate for water - drinks his entire water bowl in an instant, jumps gates as tall as he is to get at other pets' bowls, eats snow, licks at any water he can find, and has even started drinking his own urine. He seems to prioritize water over literally anything else. No tests have found any infection, and the vet put him on a parasite medication that had no effect. At this point we do not think it is psychological (or at least in a way we can handle). Unsure of what to do next.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of incontinence in puppies which may include behavioural issues, infections, spinal disorders (German Shepherds are prone to spinal conditions), hormonal conditions and congenital disorders. I am sure your Veterinarian has done thorough testing on Samuel to rule out the regular possible conditions which may be the cause. One possibility may be due to ectopic ureters which may cause constant incontinence and the inability of a dog to be house trained due to a lack of control, I have added a link below. The test to confirm is intravenous urography where contrast media is injected into the vein and x-rays are taken as the media is excreted by the kidneys down the ureters to the bladder etc… The ectopic ureter wouldn’t really explain the increased thirst, but I am unable to think of another cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/ectopic-ureters

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Dash
Border Terrier
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Polyuria
Drowsiness

Have a dog who is lethargic but still very affectionate. Urinating and drinking more frequently past 3 days. Not dehydrated gums etc fine and not tender in abdomen area. He is not neutered or on any medication. Hes been fit and well but a few months ago did have a bloody mucus stool but it was normal next day and didnt bother him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Since Dash isn’t neutered, there is a possibility that the increase in urination is linked to his prostate; usually neutering and a course of antibiotics is sufficient. Other causes include: diabetes, Cushing’s disease, urinary tract infections etc… Dogs will occasionally have a mucus stool which can be clinically insignificant if a one off event. Urinalysis would be useful to check for bacteria, glucose or crystals. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mia
Dachshund
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Polyuria
Polydipsia

My dogs name is Mia and she's a 3 years old Dachshund. She recently started to drink alot of water and going to peeing alot more. In the past she has had this same symptoms and the vet treated as a UTI. But now she's waking me up every 3 hrs to go and drink water and go peeing. Could this be a problem of thyroid?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are numerous possible causes for increased urination and thirst including hormonal conditions (diabetes, cushings etc…), infections (urinary tract infections, pyometra), dietary changes (salty food for example, human food), poisoning among other causes. It would be best to have your Veterinarian check Mia over and to make sure there isn’t anything serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bracken
Beagle
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive drinking and weeing

Medication Used

Vetoryl 30mg

Hi there
I have a 8 year old beagle that has just been diagnosed with Cushing Disease. He has been drinking a lot of water and peeing constantly.
It originally started last Autumn and tests in November for Cushings where inconclusive. So he was given medication for diabetes insipidus (DDAVP) as a last resort. They did work but went from 1 to 3 tablets a day within a couple of months then he started to drink s bit more.
He has just stated taking Vetoryl medication for Cushings disease so stopped taking the DDAVP. Since then he has been drinking and peeing majorly again. So the DDAVP did suppress the water intake and peeing to a degree.
His Stumulation tests for Cushings after 10 daysare fine now so his Vetoryl level is ok, just need the 4 week follow up to go. But his water intake and peeing is still out of control. I am beyond help with concern.
The vets says he may have another underlying issue!???? But what could this be. I am back at the vets in the morning.
I would have thought that the Vetoryl should have started to decrease the water issues by now. He his drinking approx 4000ml +a day and weighs 16.9kg.
He has also been taking tablets for an underactive thyroid for a year and that is well under control.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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DDAVP (desmopressin) is an antidiuretic and is used to prevent water loss which is why Bracken has increased urinary output since coming off the medication. Vetoryl (trilostane) is a steroid analogue used for treating Cushing’s Disease. Increased urination may be due to hormonal conditions (which we know Bracken has), infections, trauma, kidney disease among other causes. You may not find a perfect solution, but working with your Veterinarian you might find a good balance of medical management. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much for your comments. I really do appreciate it. It's so hard seeing him going through all these problems and issues. I hope we can get to the bottom of it soon
Thanks again

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Milo
Daschund
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Drinking more water

In the last month, my five-year-old mini dachshund has started to drink slightly more water than normal, but not excessively. His diet and activity levels are the same and he always eats all of his food. He has been spending a lot more time outside lately and it is going into winter where I live. We took him to see the vet about 4 months ago as he had a seizure. The vet did various tests and a urine sample and said that he could not determine the cause. He did note that Milo was slightly dehydrated and he has not had another seizure to date. He went to the vet again in March for a check-up and booster vaccinations and the vet said he was a healthy dog. He has suffered from minor skin allergies in the summer but has not had any other serious medical problems besides a seizure. Should I be concerned that there is a medical reason as to why he is drinking a bit more water?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dog may drink more water due to increased activity, temperature, dietary changes or systemic illness. If there is just an increase in thirst I wouldn’t be too concerned if your Veterinarian gave the all clear, but keep an eye on Milo to see if you notice change in appetite, activity levels or anything else concerning; if you notice anything different visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Macie
Shih Tzu
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Urinate
Mucus/Discharge
Urinating In House
Frequent Urination
Blood In Urine

Medication Used

none

My family has my grandfather's dog over while he is in the hospital and she is constantly urinating and drinking water,We've also noticed a yellowish mucus or discharge coming out. I dont think she has the ability to control when she is urinating, she knows better than to urinate in the house. It's concerning us because she has peed on our couch, on her bed, on the ground and sometimes seems uncomfortable.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for an increase in urination and thirst which may include uterus infection (pyometra especially if intact - may require surgery), urinary tract infection (urinalysis by your Veterinarian will indicate infection - treated with antibiotics), urinary stones (microscope evaluation by Veterinarian - dietary changes, supplements and antibiotics), hormonal conditions (blood tests - dependent on specific issue) among other causes. I would recommend you visit a Veterinarian to determine the cause and to receive treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dity
Miniature Pinscher
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating a lot
Drinking lots of water

My dog is 13 years old, she is not spayed and has a spine problem that causes her to have constant accidents around the house. She is eating well and her stool is also good. However, just a few weeks ago she started peeing excessively and drinking a lot of water. Her pee is very concentrated and has a potent sweet smell. Because of the sweet smell I was thinking it could diabetes, but she has always been at a healthy weight, therefore I am not sure if it could be Type II. However, I though Type I was seen in younger dogs but she is a lot older. I will like a proper information on this disease. We were also thinking she could have UTI or kidney failure. We will be taking her to the vet soon but we will like some advice. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst sweet smelling urine is commonly a sign of glucose in the urine and therefore diabetes; other causes may include: other hormonal conditions (such as Cushing’s Disease), kidney resorption disorders, poisoning with ethylene glycol, other poisoning, some dog treats or kidney failure. Your Veterinarian would need to to a urinalysis and blood tests to rule out other causes before confirming a diagnosis of diabetes (or any other condition). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.vetary.com/dog/condition/glucosuria

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Junior
Miniature Pinscher
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

My dog, Jr. recently turned nine and hasn't been eating as much as he used to and frequently needs to urinate. He's drinking a lot of water and when he urinates, it's a lot and clear. Any recommendations as to what I should do. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few conditions which may cause an increase in urination and thirst including hormonal conditions (diabetes for example), kidney failure, urinary tract infection, dietary changes, some poisoning among other causes. It would be best to have urinalysis done by your Veterinarian and blood tests too given his age to be on the safe side. Each condition has a different treatment so the underlying problem needs to be determined. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sassy
Pug
8yrs old
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bad breath

My pugs name is Sassy. She is 8yrs. Old. Just in the past couple weeks she has been drinking excessive amount of water and peeing alot. She is peeing on her potty pads but looks like about, 4 or 5 times. I take her out 3x before I go to work and I only am gone, 9hrs. She use to wait till I got home from work to go out and pee. Also, her breath stinks horribly. Just noticed that also about 2 weeks ago. Any suggestions please​. Thank you
Janette

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of an increase in urination and thirst including diabetes, Cushing’s Disease, other hormonal conditions, dietary changes, kidney failure, pyometra (or stump pyometra in spayed females) as well as other conditions. An examination by your Veterinarian, urinalysis and blood tests would be required to help determine an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Freya
Rottweiler
8 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating in the house and kennel
Polyuria
Urinating in the house

Medication Used

None

My 8 month old female Rottweiler has had multiple episodes of polyuria since bringing her home at 9 weeks old. It became most apparent after she was fully house trained and ABLE to hold her urine for 8 hour stretches (at night and during the day) her current episode, a urinalysis was completed with no findings. The urine specimen (measured 470mL) was collected after 8 hours with no water intake. After That initial water intake of Approx. 300 mL she urinated within 30 minutes, was crated and within that time frame she had also completed filled her crate tray with urine which was not measured.
The urine samples collected have been very dilute and clear.
(For observation purposes) Additional measurements include:
Initial Intake of 825mL water
Output at 30mins - 60mL (dark concentrated)
Output at 2 hrs 30mins -325 mL (very light color diluted)
Output at 4hrs 30mins - 350mL (clear diluted)
Output at 8hrs -470 mL (clear diluted)

Normal ability to hold bladder is 8+ hours. Each increment that a measurement of output was taken the dog became frantic to go outside an urinate.

Vet consultation was inconclusive as they found no bacteria within the urine and I was instructed to monitor .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Urinary incontinence in a eight month old puppy may occur for a few reasons; the usual suspects would have been ruled out with urinalysis. The most common cause of incontinence in female puppies is ectopic ureter but this would normally result in frequent dribbling instead of frequent large volumes of urine; other conditions include weakened urethral sphincters (in spayed females), hormonal conditions (Cushing’s Disease for example), spinal disorders among other causes. It is going to be a case of performing a comprehensive workup consisting of blood tests, x-rays (intravenous pyelogram may be useful) and ultrasound in order to determine a diagnosis. Your Veterinarian may refer you to a Specialist if no cause is found. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Teddy
Tibetan Terrier
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Incontinence
Increased thirst
Increased Urination
Loss of Appetite

My Tibetan terrier is a 7 year old male, not neutered, and is drinking and urinating excessively. His appetite is not what it usually is (although he will eat a chewy treat or cooked meat). He is also a little more lethargic than usual - sleeping more. His urine and blood have been tested without any positive results for infection. We then had a Lyme/Anaplasma/Heartworm test done - also negative. My vet said the next options would be: 1. urine culture and antibiotic; 2. abdominal X-ray to rule out bladder stones, bladder inflammation, other abdominal abnormalities; 3. abdominal ultrasound to check adrenals, bladder, intestines. What would be your recommendation?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Increased thirst and urination may be caused by a few different causes including dietary problems, hormonal conditions, cancer and poisoning. I would recommend a blood test to determine blood counts, liver function and kidney function as well as blood sugar levels. A urine culture would be in vain if bacteria wasn’t detected when the urine was tested last time. An ACTH stimulation test for Addison’s Disease may be worthwhile if other tests come back normal. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Could he have dementia?

If your dog is taking RIMADYL, please google the possible side effects. It can be the cause of excessive drinking and urination.

I have a Dalmatian who is 13 years old. My beautiful dog started pacing at night. He would wake up in the middle of the night and pace up and down. He did not want to go out to pee. I know he was not in pain because he was not hyperventilating and his temperature was normal. He just could not settle down. I would have to sit with him and wait for him to fall asleep. Then not long after that he started drinking a lot of water but only in the evening and very little to almost nothing during the day. His got no problem urinating, his appetite is normal, his an inside dog, he sleeps on a Tempur Pedic mattress so I'm really at a loss here. I need some help/advice please.

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Zach
Cocker chon
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

excessive urination
Thrist

My dog has increased thrust and is urinating every 10 minutes. He drinks through water like no other and is constantly urinanting in large amounts . Is vomitting clear liquid. We have switched his food but am concerned whether or not it can wait until Monday.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for the symptoms you’re describing including urinary tract infection, diabetes, other hormonal condition or kidney failure. Without examining Zach and possibly running tests I cannot say what the actual cause is; if Zach is overall hydrated it isn’t too bad but if you press on his gums and it takes more than two seconds for the blood to return or you twist his skin at the neck and it doesn’t return immediately to normal then he is dehydrated and would require fluids. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milo
miniature dachshund
14
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating in the house and kennel

Hi,

I have a miniature dachshund that is about 14 years old. After I got him home from boarding for a few weeks, I noticed that he seems to want to drink more water and can't go more then 6 hours at night without peeing in his kennel. I also have to now take him out about every 1 to 2 hour when I am home so does not have an accident. I took him to the vet and she did urinalysis and blood work and that came back ok. Now she suggests that I either do a test for Cushings Disease or do an ultrasound to see what could be the problem. Both are around $300. Which test would you recommend I do first?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If blood tests and urinalysis came back normal, I would be more inclined to look for Cushing’s Disease especially if there are other symptoms which are typical for Cushing’s Disease like a pot belly or symmetrical hair loss; an ultrasound may be unrewarding but may shed some light on other issues within the abdomen. Increased thirst and urination may be caused by many different conditions including other hormonal conditions, infections, age, spinal disorders (more the incontinence) or dietary changes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you very much for your quick response. I appreciate it. He does not have any of the other symptoms (pot belly, hair loss, etc). I am kinda leaning towards the ultrasound just cause of him not having any of the others.

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Sandy
Labrador Retriever
10 1/2 yrs
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Sandy, my 10 yr old lab has in the last 4 weeks presented with polyuria & polydipsia. took her to the vet this past Saturday & blood work was completed & thyroid test pending d/t holiday on Monday. Her symptoms seem to have begun within the time frame of being started on Dasuquin joint supplement chewables. I was wondering if this product has side effects that include renal involvement. I did notice that avocadoes could be toxic to dogs & it is listed as an ingredient. I have held off on them since I realized that her sxs coincided with the date range of her being given the supplement. Have you heard of these joint supplements having an impact on dog's kidneys?

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Avocados are not poisonous to dogs (although there are compounds which may be poisonous to other animals), the largest concern with avocados with dogs is intestinal obstruction from the stone which isn’t appropriate here; although the fat content of fresh avocado may cause some gastrointestinal sensitivity in some dogs. I do not know of any side effects of Dasuquin related to an increase in urination and thirst, however a dog may be sensitive to a product; try taking Sandy off the Dasuquin for a few weeks or dose less and see if there is an improvement in the urination and thirst. Older dogs are more prone to hormonal issues which may have an effect on urination and thirst so these should be ruled out too. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frank
American Bulldog
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive thirst. Excessive urination.
Excessive Thirst

Medication Used

Gabapentin
Gabapentin. Vetprofen

I have an 8 year old American Bulldog. He started out having skin allergies and was found to have a UTI as well. He was put on a strong dose of Prednisone, which made him urinate seemingly uncontrollable and very frequent. I stopped giving him the Prednisone as soon as I made the connection and eventually his uncontrollable urination got some what better. Then a few weeks later, he began seeping blood from his testicles (there were no sores or scabs on his testicles) and it was a lot of blood (it looked like a crime scene!). The vet put him on Apoquel (18 mg 1 1/2 every 12 hours) and his bleeding immediately stopped. When I researched the Apoquel and saw there were no long term studies on this medication, I stopped giving it to him, no bleeding since. Since the beginning of his treatment, he was taking antibiotics for a UTI. The vet was unable to do a digital prostate check, so she did an x-ray and his prostate was enlarged. Next, he had a sonogram of his prostate and bladder. The sonogram was negative, other than the enlarged prostate. The vet told me that having him neutered should help clear up his UTI and prostatitis. During the entire time, his water consumption had been normal and no too many accidents in the house. He is now about three weeks post surgery and his water consumption is very high and he has accidents in the house several times a day. He sometimes does this right after coming inside. He has had a urinalysis this week and it came back negative and somewhat diluted from his excessive drinking. Now the vet wants to test him for Cushing's Disease. As you know, this is an expensive test and I've already spent a ton of money within the last six months.

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There are a few possible causes for an increase in urination and thirst; when causes like infection and genital tract issues have been ruled out we start to look at hormonal conditions like Cushing’s Disease, diabetes etc… Other causes like diet, environmental factors and poisoning may also cause an increase in water content; unfortunately there are diagnostic tests which can be costly, but need to be performed to confirm or rule of a certain condition. If urinalysis and stand blood testing have been unrewarding, specific testing would be the next step; conditions like Cushing’s Disease normally present along with other symptoms like non-pruritic hair loss and a pot bellied appearance for example. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jenna
Mixed (Pit Bull and Aussie Shepard Known)
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bladder Leakage (Accidents)
Pot-bellied appearance
Polydipsia
Polyuria

Medication Used

50mg Proin Chewable (Incontinence)

Trying to narrow down possibilities of condition. Jenna has had a pot-belly and been displaying these symptoms only over the last half a year to a year.
An external examination today by a licensed Veterinarian confirmed the presence of excess fluid in her abdomen.
Aside from the extra weight in her abdomen from the fluid, she is not overweight.
She is eating regularly, but displaying excessive thirst.
Though she is leaking urine at night, she is displaying a reluctance when attemting to urinate when asked due to mild arthritis in her back legs.
There is no detectable blood in her urine, but the scent is pungent.
Her gums are still a regular shade of pink, and she is otherwise moving about freely and showing no signs of distress.
At 13 years old in a larger dog, I feel as though running tests and possibly putting her through surgery is both too much stress for her, as well as not quite cost-effective, especially when she is mostly comfortable aside from her arthritis and leaking.
She is up to date on all vaccinations and receives Trifexis for HW prevention as well as other parasites.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand you not wanting to run many tests or have surgery performed on Jenna, but I think a basic blood test for blood counts and biochemistry would be a good start along with an x-ray; these basic tests would give a good indication to liver and kidney health as well as the x-ray showing any enlargement or masses which may be present. Many conditions may affect dogs as they age with infection, liver disease, kidney disease, tumours, hormonal conditions among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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