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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

Holly
Cockapoo
13 Years
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Confused
Frequent Urination
Lathargic

Medication Used

none

I have a female cockapoo who will turn 14 in August. Almost overnight, she has started acting strangely. She will go pee in the house within an hour or so after being taken outside (and she goes when we are outside too). She never goes in the house, so it's very odd for her to do so. She looks like she is confused sometimes, like she is walking to do something and completely forgets what she was doing and just stands there staring blankly. She also has stopped jumping up onto the couch but will jump down. She is eating normally but her energy levels are down. She hasn't wanted to play fetch at all and usually that's her favorite game. She is walking very slowly too. I am so worried about her and am planning on taking her to vet this weekend, even though she just went in for a check up 3 weeks ago and all was fine.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible causes for these symptoms and it is important to follow up with your Veterinarian as soon as possible; possible causes may include neurological conditions, hormonal conditions, head trauma among other causes. Without examining Holly I cannot say for certain; however from your question it doesn’t sound like a behavioural issue due to the nature of the symptoms and the changes of behaviour. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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holly
Rat Terrier
13 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

excessive drinking and urination

Medication Used

enrofloacin 22.7 mg, cough dex tabl

my 13 year old female rat terrier was diagnosed with a respiratory infection the vet give her a shot of steroids and antibiotics. she had a fever cough and rapid shallow breathing.
last night she drank a very large bowl of water about 8 cups .
she was incontinent in the house several times.
today she goes to the bowl constantly and has been going out every 1/2 hour and still urinated in the house a couple times. when she urinates outside she urinates large amounts.
can you help me please ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Treatment with corticosteroids may lead to an increase in thirst and urination so it may be these side effects that you’re seeing; whether she is truly incontinent or cannot hold it due to the increased thirst is another question. However, given Holly’s age and treatment you should return to your Veterinarian to see if the urinary habits are due to the prescribed treatment or to another cause as I cannot determine without examining her first. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Murphy
Border Collie Labrador
8 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Increased thirst
Urinary incontinence
Increased Urination

My female pup was spayed on May 2, 2018. Immediately after surgery she began experiencing increased thirst and urination. As well, incontinence and minor episodes of vomiting (x3 over 1 month).
Prior to surgery she was completely normal - regular input and output. No history of toxic ingestion etc.She is not exhibiting any signs of lethargy or pain.

Her post surgery blood tests showed a UREA, creatinine, and phos result of 3x normal (May 18), bloodwork was otherwise unremarkable (CBC normal, LFTs normal, etc). Her Urinalysis showed very dilute specific gravity and urine culture negative for bacteria. We initiate a 10 day course of abx as precautionary UTI. Then, several urine cultures show negative pre and post abx administration.
We then tested her for Addison’s - which was negative. She had a low baseline cortisol level, but the ACTH stimulation test showed she spiked a response to the stimulating injection.

I’ve now sent her urine for random osmolality to which it returned at 221mmol/kg - which seems to be negative for diabetes insipidus (correct me if I’m wrong - I’m a nurse and am interpreting this value as I would a human)..

Her kidney function has reduced to 1x normal, and remained at that level for a month. No worsening nor better with her symptoms. Like I said previous, she is otherwise healthy and happy (nothing to remark on). She is on no meds etc.

I’m at a loss for what else to conclude her symptoms to, other than possibly a congential renal disorder?? Our next step would is being referred to our local veterinary college for a complete renal and endocrinology assessment - but I would prefer to complete as many diagnostic tests in house before referred to the specialist. (Since she is relatively stable)

I should also include that I took her to the lake this weekend, and upon our 55min drive home she was incontinent in my vehicle. She has very little ability to hold her urine if she has access to fresh water.
She is 27.0kg.


Are there any suggestions as to what we can further test for? She’s just a pup, and I want to ensure I can treat her disorder before it is irreversible (if possible). I’m

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure if pre-anesthetic lab work was done before Murphy's spay, but it seems to me that the anesthetic or surgery stressed her kidneys, as will occasionally happen. She may have had an underlying condition that you were not aware of before the surgery. If she hasn't had an ultrasound, that may be a good idea to evaluate her kidneys for signs of medullary disease or congenital problems like cysts.

I forgot to add - she did also have an abdominal ultrasound which showed no masses or blockages. The vet did comment that her left kidney looks like “it’s being overworked” and that externally it is fine (size shape etc), but internally it looks abnormal? Right kidney is slightly abnormal in the same sense, but apparently more normal than the left.

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Chloe
Poodle x Shih-Tzu
13 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Won’t eat
Muscle Weakness
Frequent Urination
Lethargy
Drinking excessivly

My dog Chloe is 13 years old. She is a poodle mix and weighs 12 lbs. She has been diagnosed with Cushings Disease and has been on Vetoryl for 5 months. Suddenly she became weak, not eating (for her this is very unusual, she always eats), and drinking excessive amounts of water again. I took her to the vet where they tested her electrolytes and potassium. Potassium was high, electrolytes were low. They gave her sodium something to bring down potassium levels, and subcutaneous fluids and told me to take her off Vetoryl for 48 hours and have levels retested. Since she has been taking the Vetoryl, her Cushings symptoms have been better, but her arthritis has become debilitating. She started at 10 mg. And subsequent blood monitoring has increased her dose slowly up to 40 mg. Daily. Her last increase started Monday, and by Friday the weakness and appetite decreased. I think this is possibly to much Vetoryl? Or, is this perhaps a mutation of the disease? Diabetes? I am heartbroken at the thought of losing my companion and friend, but am having a very hard time watching her struggle.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The signs that you describe may be secondary to her Cushings disease, or may be another problem, possibly Diabetes or kidney disease - if she has not had a full blood panel done recently, it would be a good idea to have that done to assess the rest of her organ function. I hope that she is okay.

I am so sorry about the loss of your dog Chloe! My dog is 13, and I am worried about the changes in her behavior as well.

Update on Chloe.
She didn’t make it to her 3:00 appointment. We had to take her in this morning. There was nothing they could do to help her. She passed quietly and peacefully in my arms before the second injection was given. My heart is broken...
This is a wonderful forum to read what other pet parents are going through. I hope people find it as useful as I did when they have questions about the care of their special furry companions.

Thank you Dr. King. I am taking her back to the vet on Monday for the Potassium and electrolyte levels to be checked. I will ask them to also add a full blood panel. I appreciate you taking the time to read and respond to my question.

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evie
white swiss shepherd
10 Weeks
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Increased thirst
mild Diarrhea
Sleepiness
Fast Breathing
Increased Urination

Medication Used

dehinel plus

my 10 week old puppy started peeing a lot again (started 3 days ago and it stoped). we were at the vet and she said shes fine. she drinks a lot and pees a lot, she also had mild diarrhea. she was on meds for giardia but we stopped and were given new meds (dehinel plus) for it (we are supposed to start on sunday).

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for an increase in urination and thirst which may be due to the fluid loss through diarrhoea and the body trying to correct that; however there are many other causes for an increase in urination and thirst which should be considered if the issue isn’t resolved after the treatment for Giardia then they should be explored. Fenbendazole is considered the treatment of choice for Giardia; Dehinel Plus or Drontal Plus (praziquantel/pyrantel pamoate/febantel) is it is known in the rest of the world has shown to be effective in some cases of Giardia but fenbendazole is the best treatment generally. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Willow
Golden Retriever
10 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating

My dog was kenneled for the last week. After getting her, now she needs to pee all the time. I see no other symptoms. Please help? ."......................"".....................................?????????

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for an increase in urination, the most common cause is a urinary tract infection; other causes may be due to hormonal conditions, pyometra, weak bladder among other causes. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and urinalysis to determine a cause so the right treatment may be given. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sandy
Labrador Retriever
10 1/2 yrs
Moderate condition
3 found helpful
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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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

I have a 6 year old lab. I started him and my two other dogs on Dasuquin about a week and a half ago. 4 days ago my lab began excessively peeing and constant thirst. He has never had an accident in the house and it occurred twice the past few days. I know two times may not seem like much but the amount of urine he is releasing is shocking. He has woken me up at least two times a night to go out. We took him to the vet and did a full physical, anal exam, urine sample and blood work. Waiting on test results but from the urine sample the vet ruled out a UTI, diabetes or a bladder infection. The vet did not think this Is a common side affect from the supplement but I now see others are experiencing the same thing. How long did it take for your dog to go back to its normal habits?

Interesting,
I have a 10 1/2 year female Lab Sophia Took her to vet for UTI and ear infections (common for her) treated those ailments and THEN excessive drinking and accidents started in house within a week. Back to Vet for a bunch of tests.Ruled out Cushings, no diabetes, her kidney numbers are slightly off. Ultrasound found nothing wrong. It's been a couple of months now and drinking above average but less then before and accidents most days and some no accidents.She has been on Dasuquin for past couple years with a fish oil supplement and we will stop giving the Dasuquin today and see what happens and also to a different vet.Hope it's as simple as that as she eats fine and is playful and loving..

Ironically I got on here to see if anyone else's dog was having the same side effects from Dasuquin. When I started giving my dog the supplement she developed polyuria and extreme thrist. I took her to the doctor scared that she was going through kidney failure and all of her blood work came back normal and very healthy. I kept her off the supplement for the winter and had no problems. Its now hiking season and started back up and the problem started again. I am now realizing that she is having some kind of effect/reaction from the supplement and will discontinue for good.

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Lola
Neapolitan Mastiff
9 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No tear production
Ear infection
Increased thirst
Eye Infection
Increased Urination

Medication Used

Phenobarbital
Metacam

Lola has been suffering from increased thirst and urination over the past 3 months. After multiple vet visits we do not have an answer. She has been tested for bladder infection, addison's disease - both negative. Blood has been analyzed multiple times with no indications of other major issues. She has high potassium and low sodium levels - but are still within normal ranges. She asks to go outside approximately every hour. She has had a couple of accidents in her sleep but none when awake.

She has had recurring ear infections for the past year. She has had multiple doses of antibiotics, both in the ear and orally, but the infection always returns. She also stopped producing tears last year so has constant eye dryness and yellow discharge at times.

We are managing the eye dryness with multiple applications of ointment. If not bladder infection or addison's what else could she have? Does anything explain the combination of bladder issues, eye and ear problems?

She is otherwise healthy and happy. No behavioural changes. She still has a good appetite and energy level.

History: She was diagnosed with epilepsy at 1 year old and has been on phenobarbital since age 4. She has hip dysplasia (diagnosed as a puppy) and has developed arthritis in her hindquarters. No other health issues.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The increased urination and thirst may be a long term side effect of phenobarbital administration which isn’t uncommon in dogs; however I cannot think of a cause related to the lack of tear production or the issues with the ear. However, the urination and drinking habits are likely to be side effects of phenobarbital if no other cause is found. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tyson
Dachshund
2 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Peeing accidents,drinking a lot of water
accidents

Hi i have a Dachshound named Tyson he turned 2 in December. Anyways i have noticed for the past month he goes to a door or to a couch or anything and keeps sniffing it and wont stop and there is nothing there. And for the past 2weeks or so he has had 3 accidents in my bed while he is dead asleep. And i have to shake him or hollar at him to get him to wake up. He also has been drinking excessively amount of water for the past week. What could be wrong with him? Im on disability and habe a 3 month old baby so i cant afford a vet at the moment. Pleasw help hes loke my son.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I wish that I could offer more advice, but without examining Tyson, there really isn't any way for me to determine what might be going on. Many veterinary clinics offer a free first exam that you may be able to take advantage of to at least have him seen, and then you would have a better idea as to what might need to be done for him. I hope that everything goes well for him.

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Trixie
German Shepherd/lab
12 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Peeing a lot and drinking lots

Hello my dog has been drinking a lot of water and having to pee a lot and peeing in the house like big puddles but she’s also in heat and she’s 12 years old we just never fixed her this only just started yesterday ! Any reasons why this may occur ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. There are a number of reasons that this might be happening - she may have a bladder infection, or a uterine infection, or kidney disease, or diabetes, among other causes. It would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian, and have some lab work run, to determine what might be going on with her, and what the best course of treatment might be. I hope that she is okay!

How can I tell if she has any of these ? Is there any symptoms that can maybe tell me what’s wrong ?

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Kobe
Boxer
11 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Overdrinking
Fecal incontinence
Urinary incontinence
Shaking

We have an 11 year old boxer who began drinking water to the point of excess. He then started having urination accidents in the house. He was tested for Addison's disease and that was ruled out. A few days ago he was given the LDDS test, the lab results reportedly came back consistent with Cushings disease. However now in addition to the urinary incontinence he appears to have developed fecal incontinence, this has appeared over the last 4-5 days. The first few times the stools were solid, however today it was diarrhea. Is the fecal incontinence a symptom of Cushings? I can't seem to find it mentioned in most of what I've read. Also given that the recommended medication's (Vetoryl) side affects include diarrhea I'm wondering what we should do. Is there another possible diagnosis that makes sense? An additional ailment? At the end we want to do what's right by our dog and not make him more miserable in his later years of life.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Kobe has started the Vetoryl, he may be having a mild stomach upset from the medication, and diarrhea can occur with Cushing's disease. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian, as he may just need an anti-diarrheal to help if it is a transient reaction to the medication. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Jack
Beagle
12 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

hi i have a 12 year old beagle mix dog that is having excessive thirst and he is continually peeing on stuff he has had crystals in his urine but when he had those he didnt want to pee at all now its just were finding urine spots everywhere and it smells like amonia

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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This is concerning as there are a few possible causes, either way you should visit your Veterinarian as soon as possible for an examination, urinalysis and blood tests; urinary tract infections or kidney failure are two possible causes, however hormonal conditions among others are also possible. Without examining Jack I cannot say what the specific cause of the symptoms are; however, this isn’t something to wait before you visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zac
Siberian Husky
10 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

see above

My 10 year old husky had surgery 13 days ago to remove a tumour. Ever since he has been home (the night of the surgery) he has increased thirst and excessive urination (CLEAR not dark or bloody). He cannot hold his urine over night. Initially we thought it was the antibiotics. But he hasn't had them now for 5 days. He is now vomiting occasionally(bile) . He is not lethargic or showing any other signs of illness, he still has the same appetite, not increased or decreased. No wound infection and not sensitive in the area. On the 2nd night the vet came out and took a blood test for his kidneys and glucose, he said they were normal, although as I see TP is low. AST and ALKP are high. GRA, MCHC, RDW are also high and MCU is low. My dog has not peed in the house since he was a puppy, this thirst is not normal. Something is not right since the surgery. Can you please help :(

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The most important part of the question is missing; where was the tumour? If it was a transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder there could be one explanation or if it was a mast cell tumour of the skin, the tumour would be irrelevant. Regardless, an increase in thirst may be due to side effects of medication, hormonal changes, kidney issues among other problems. Five days post surgery is still early on and you should continue to monitor him and his drinking and urination habits; without examining him and having more information I cannot give you more guidance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley
Puggle
12 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Increased Urination

My puggle is about to turn 12 years old. Two days ago we noticed that when we take him out to pee it just drips out. He is now leaking everywhere and drinking a lot of water! He also has a mass on his chest that the vet said does not seem to hurt him and does not appear to be attached to anything.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Any change in urination habits or thirst should be checked by your Veterinarian as infections, hormonal conditions, kidney disease, poisoning, dietary issues among other causes may lead to this change. You should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and urinalysis as well as possibly a blood test to determine the underlying cause of the increase intake and output of water. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Freddy
Chesapeake Bay Retriever
4 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive drinking

My dog has recently started to urinate more and excessively drink water in a very adnormal rate and even drinking multiple bowls of water a day. What could be causing this?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for an increase in thirst and urination which include urinary tract infections, hormonal disorders (Cushing’s, Diabetes), poisoning, dietary changes, kidney failure among other causes; it is important for a urine sample to be checked by your Veterinarian along with a general examination which should help shed more light on the problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Delilah
Pit bull
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 8 month old pit bull female is kenneled during the day and for the last month or so has had no accidents, the last 4 days when we get home she had peed in her kennel and all her water is gone. Otherwise, everything is normal, eating energy level and using the potty outside and sleeping through your the night with no accidents. Today we were home all day and let her out 2 times to pee, and just now peed in the house. She is not straining, in pain or anything. A few weeks ago she was started on prescription Hill’s skin food and recently got a allergy shot and a short term steroid shot to rule out food allergy vs environment. She also just finished a round of antibiotics for a bacteria infection in her eyes from scratching, Simplicef. The day after her last pill the peeing in kennel started. She was spayed at 5-6 months. Not sure what is happening seems like she is trying to hold her pee and ends up not being able to due to drinking more water than normal. However, for the water intake it doesn’t seem more extreme then before, but when we come home from work her water bowl the last few days is empty compared to before. Any ideas?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. One side effect of steroids in dogs can be increased drinking and urination. If her problem is related to her recent steroid injection, this behavior should resolve as the drug leaves her body - I'm not sure which steroid was given, so can't give any idea as to what that time frame might be. It would be a good idea to call your veterinarian and let them know what is happening, as they know what medication she has been given and what the expected time frame might be before she returns to normal. As long as she is having that behavior, it is important to make sure that she has enough water, as she isn't able to concentrate her urine normally and will become dehydrated if her drinking can't keep up with her urinating.

This comment has nothing to do with your main topic. Just thought i would mention...If your dog has allergies, and does a lot of scratching or licking her paws, then you might want to try a fairly new injection called Cytapoint. My basset hound has really bad allergies and I've tried several different things including steroid shots. Over time steroid shots can be harmful to your dogs organs. I've read up on Cytapoint and it seems to be pretty safe with hardly any side effects at all. It lasts anywhere from 4-6 weeks. It cost me $57 for 1 shot for a 60 lbs dog.

Thank you, the steroid shot was given on 1/13 and was a short term Dexamethasone 2mg and Bendadryl 50mg for antihistamines. This behavior only started 5 days ago. Could the corn starch listed as primary ingredients in the Hill’s prescription be causing any of this?

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Missy
Toy Poodle tiny 5 lbs
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

through the night peeing

My 13 year old tiny toy poodle is now waking me up 4 to 5 times a night to go outside for a quick pee. Her mom was diabetic and the symptoms are not the same. No prolonged peeing and she doesn't seem to be over drinking her water. Thank you for any suggestions

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Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Possible causes for that behavior might be infection, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, or a new behavior. It would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian, and have some senior blood work done, to evaluate what the reason is for that behavior. Your veterinarian will be able to assess her, look at her lab work, and let you know what treatment might be indicated for her. I hope that she is okay!

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Isabella
Maltese
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

House Soiling
Thirsty
Drinking urine
Drinking,

Medication Used

Pimobendan,
Apolquel
Chlorpheniramine
Benazepril
Benazeprilchlorpheniramine

My 14-year-old Maltese I started having accidents in the house, even on the couch which is unheard of. She has always like to drink water but is now drinking even more. Tonight I saw her lapping at her own urine after she had an accident. This is so very sad, and I do not know if this is aging for a reaction to medication. She was recently diagnosed with a heart condition and has always had allergy issues. She takes Apolquel -1/2 of 5.4 mg tab every day, Benazepril 5mg, 1/2 tablet every day, Pimobendan (vetmedin) 1.25 mg every morning plus 1/2 tab at night.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for an increase in thirst and urination which may include side effects from medication, urinary tract infections, hormonal conditions, dietary changes, behavioural issues among other causes; you should discuss these changes with your Veterinarian to determine if the current treatment regimen is appropriate or if there is another condition affecting Isabella concurrently. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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J
Shih Tzu
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

elevated AST

I have a male shih tzu. A couple of weeks ago he started straining while urinating. There are times he urinates fine but at times you could see him stop and straining to squeeze his bladder and then he'll walk with dribbling drops of urine or none at all. He's always loved water but I wouldn't say there has been an increased demand for it the previous weeks or now. Appetite is good. Temperament is the same. He's always been panting but we thoguht it's because he always wants to play... Brought him to a vet and they saw stones in teh urethra and bladder. Blood work and unire tests done are all fine except for the AST of 560 (Normal is 20-150).
They placed a catheter to get his urine and since then he has been passing urine fine. He is on antibiotics. Vet said he still needs to have cystotomy and uethrostotomy. I am worried that he'll get a lot worse with surgery because he is a scared dog who literally shivers and whimpers when he sees us going away or when he is not with our other dog... Should we proceed with surgery when he is urinating now?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. ShihTzus are unfortunately prone to bladder stones, and the only real way to resolve the situation is surgery to remove the stones - your vet has examined J, seen the stones on x-ray, and has a plan to make him better. As long as those stones are in there, they are at risk of blocking his urethra and causing a life threatening problem. The sooner that you get the surgery, the better. I hope that he does well.

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Otis
Boxer
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals
Increased thirst
Frequent urination, incontinence

My 9-year old male boxer has been having urinary incontinence, drinking excessively, taking much longer to urinate, labored urination, and incessantly licking himself. The vet ran both blood tests and a urinalysis about one month ago. He was given amoxicillin but the problem persisted. They gave him a stronger antibiotic, still the problem persisted. I'm taking him to another vet but would really appreciate any insight.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing the results of the blood and urine tests, or examining Otis, I can't comment on him specifically, but if he is showing signs of a persistent urinary tract infection, his urine may need to be cultured, or an xray taken to rule out bladder or kidney stones. A second opinion seems quite valid. I hope that you are able to resolve his signs!

We have a 12 year old minpin . Always sleep through the night ,now she has me up sometimes three times a night to pee and having accidents around the house which is unheard of ,also she is drinking water excessively .

Thanks for the prompt response. His urinalysis showed "one of the worst UTI cases I've seen" according to the vet. Blood work was not remarkable.

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Junior
Bichon Frise
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Since my Dad passed away in August, I took in his 13 year old female pomeranian, and since then I have noticed that my 8 year old male Bichon Frise has gained a lot of weight in addition to excessive drinking and urination. Could the excessive drinking and urination be due to his weight gain, or something else?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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With the symptoms you are describing I would be more leaning towards a condition like Cushing’s which causes an increase in urination, thirst, appetite among other symptoms. You should have Junior checked over by a Veterinarian to look out for other issues like infections, tumours and other causes; but I would look first towards the Cushing’s. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a 18 week old lab. He scarfs his food down and drinks inordinate amounts of water. He pees constantly. He acts normal though. X-ray did not show anything abnormal. He pees in his crate all the time even if he just went outside

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Sammy
Yellow Lab
10 Years
Moderate condition
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My dog is a 10 year old female yellow lab. She was diagnosed with diabetes a few weeks ago. She gets 2 shots a day with insulin. She is also on RIMADYL for arthritis. Recently she has been drinking alot of water and urinating alot. She is eating fine, playing, running around the same happy dog. A few days ago she was laying on my bed and left a yellish light brown spot on the bed. It didnt smell. She also has a waxy clear coat its not like pee or wet on the back of her legs.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes of increased urination and thirst which include diabetes (reassess management), other hormonal conditions, urinary tract infection, pyometra (if not spayed), dietary changes, environmental temperature among other causes; given her recent diagnosis of diabetes it would be wise to visit your Veterinarian again to check that the insulin is adequate for her and the blood glucose is being kept within acceptable limits. A waxy secretion may be caused by seborrhea but you would need to confirm with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Noveske Ray
Mixed
1 1/2 years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Extreme Thirst
Incontinence

Medication Used

Prescription Hill food

So my baby girl Noveske is spayed however she does have a mass that pushes on her bladder. We found this out when we went to a spay and neuter clinic and they thought maybe it was a sac with a baby in it. Well, after bringing her to our regular vet shortly after it was discovered that she had crystals in her urine and was developing bladder stones. So now she is on a prescription diet. Well tonight, she was cuddling in between my boyfriend and myself and fell asleep. After waking her up to go in her bed we noticed a wet spot. The spot soaked through the comforter, two sheets, and the mattress protector and had a slight urine smell. She does lick herself pretty frequently as well. Especially when she’s laying in bed. After googling and coming across this and a couple other articles it seems like incontinece is the leading cause but not sure if maybe it was just a weird incident or if she needs to be evaluated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some urinary incontinence is not unusual in cases of urinary crystals as well as having urinary tract infections as well; I would chalk this up to being a one off for now, but if this occurs again you should visit your Veterinarian for another examination to look into possible infections and to have another general look at her bladder with ultrasound. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Suka
Husky
14 Years
Serious condition
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My dog is drinking large amounts of water. After any food he is gulping down water. He is always needing to go and recently he has started having accidents in the house. He seems very lethargic on his walks compared to even a few weeks ago. His appetite is hard to judge as he sometimes doesn't eat much for a couple of days and then he wolfs down his food for a couple of days. However I would still say his appetite is not as good. He is very clingy and follows us around like a shadow. I realise some symptoms could be down to his age but the last few weeks these problems have started to manifest.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Given Suka’s age I would get him into have an examination with your Veterinarian and to have a blood test run to look for any anomalies; some hormonal conditions like Addison’s Disease which may cause symptoms which vary in severity day to day. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Reggie
Puggle
12 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Increased Urination and thirst
Increased Urination

My dog recently went into the hospital after eating an entire sheet cake and getting into the trash can. After his symptoms (vomiting/diarrhea) did not get better, the doctors gave him an X-ray and saw a blockage. When they went in to remove the blockage, they noticed his spleen had to be removed (tumor). He also had a soft raised nodule in his intestines and an enlarged liver. I decided not to have anything biopsied, as he is 12 years old and I can not afford to put him through chemo or whatever the cancer treatment may be. He completely healed from the surgery and is back to his old self. However, When he came back from the stay in the hospital he had/has and increase in thirst and pees large quantities (sometimes accidentally in the house) - I’m wondering why the increase in thirst and pee? He is eating totally normal and has resumed normal activities. He has been off all medication for almost a week

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some medications may cause an increase in thirst and urination which may subside slowly now the medication has stopped; but I cannot see any direct correlation to the surgery or sheet cake to the increase in thirst. I would keep an eye on him and look for any improvement over the coming days; if there is no improvement I would return to your Veterinarian for a quick check and urinalysis. 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
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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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.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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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
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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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
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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Zach
Cocker chon
10 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
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.

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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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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
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

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.

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

Could he have dementia?

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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
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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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
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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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
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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Dity
Miniature Pinscher
13 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
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
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
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Milo
Daschund
5 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
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
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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Bracken
Beagle
8 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
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
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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Mia
Dachshund
3 Years
Moderate condition
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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
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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Dash
Border Terrier
7 Years
Moderate condition
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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
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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Samuel
German Shepard Mix
5 Months
Moderate condition
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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
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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koji
Shiba Inu
3 mos
Serious condition
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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
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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Giselle
Pittbull mix
9
Moderate condition
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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
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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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
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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Daisy
Chihuahua
13 Years
Moderate condition
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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
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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Lady
mixed
16 Years
Moderate condition
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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
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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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
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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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
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

My 12 year old chihuahua is drinking the water bowls completely empty several times a day and a couple at night. He's gained so much weight even though we pay extra for the best of dog food.hes always desperate for more and more water. He's peeing Slot now in the house. He goes outside to pee usually. And we let him out about 4 to 5 times a day and once at night. Sometimes twice. He's struggling to breathe sometimes. What could it be. It started about 3 months ago

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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
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

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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