Seeing your dog drink more water than normal… or more water than usual can be concerning for observant pet parents. I was interviewed in 2010 about this very topic and as we find ourselves right smack dab in the middle of summer, I wanted to re-address this “symptom.”
It’s possible that your dog — especially if he is exhibiting otherwise active, healthy behavior — is just an active pet that pays attention to an instinctive drive to quench his thirst. However it could be a sign of something much more serious, particularly when combined with signs of lethargy, apathy, a refusal to eat, constipation, or blood in stools.
- Rule out drug-induced thirst. Certain prescriptions cause excess thirst.
- Ask their local veterinarian to test for specific urinary / kidney / bladder conditions.
- Look for other signs or symptoms of hormone-related diseases such as diabetes or hyperthyroidism which may be contributing to the excess thirst.