Why does my senior dog drink so much water?

Increased thirst and excessive drinking can be a symptom of several serious conditions. All animals need water, but when your senior pet is drinking more water than usual, it could be a sign of a disease or medical condition that warrants a trip to the veterinarian.

Is it dangerous for a dog to drink too much water?

The short answer is yes. Having too much water in the body can be as dangerous as having too little! Excessive water can dilute the balance of minerals (particularly sodium) in the blood, which can have serious consequences. Such overhydration is called hyponatremia. A dog drinking too much water warrants consulting a veterinarian.

How much water should a dog drink per day?

A good general guideline is that a healthy dog should drink between 20-70ml/kg per day1. Being aware of your dog’s water intake is important because drinking too little water can lead to dehydration while drinking too much water can be an indication of organ disease.

What should I do if my dog is drinking the whole bowl of water?

“An owner should be concerned if their dog drinks the entire bowl at once and continues to drink every time water is offered,” shares Dr. Elizabeth Appleman, staff veterinarian at NYC’s Animal Medical Center.

Why is my dog drinking and peeing a lot?

If your dog is drinking more, he’ll probably also be peeing more (another sign of a potential problem). In fact, increased intake is often a response to excess fluid loss in urine. If your dog is drinking excessively (polydipsia) it is possibly because he is losing excess amounts of water for any of a number of reasons.

What causes excessive drinking in dogs?

Renal disease is one of the most common causes of excessive drinking habits. Infectious diseases, especially kidney infections, can make your dog drink more. Endocrine disorders, such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism and Cushing’s disease, can make your dog start drinking excessively.

Why does my Dog Keep drinking water?

Some dogs just start drinking water because they enjoy it, which can lead to a kidney condition known as medullary washout, which causes them to keep drinking lots of water. Over time, their water intake will normalize.

Why are dogs obsessed with water?

On top of medical conditions, sometimes in dogs obsessed with drinking water, the increased drinking can be caused by certain drugs such as steroids. High-sodium diets may also cause increased drinking.