The reasons are varied, it could be a health problem like diabetes, liver disease, or Cushing’s disease. On the one hand, if all tests are done and the results are negative, you can call it a behavioral problem known as Psychogenic Polydipsia.
Did your pooch undergo a spaying surgical procedure? Not to forget that old age has something to do with incontinence.
But, before we delve deeply into the reasons for increased urination, let us first tackle the signs that your pooch is consuming more water than it normally should.
What Causes Increased Drinking And Urination In Dogs?
First, how much water intake is normal? Generally speaking, a healthy dog should consume ⅛ cups of water per lb of body weight. Issues like activity level and type of dog food (wet or dry) should also be factored in.
Frequent urination and excessive drinking may be associated with health issues in dogs. Also referred to as polyuria and polydipsia, these two conditions always appear together. Your pooch drinks more to make up for water loss from too much urination.
Not sure what the signs of polyuria and polydipsia are? Here are some examples:
- Its water bowl is always empty.
- New drinking habits like finding your dog drinking from a puddle or toilet.
- You see puddles of urine around your house.
- Peeing in large amounts.
- Drinking and peeing during ungodly hours like during the middle of the night.
The signs of polyuria and polydipsia we stated above may be brought about by any of the following health problems that causes your dog to pee so much:
High levels of blood glucose often result in more water intake. Difficulty holding urine and incontinence are 2 of the problems your diabetic fur baby goes through.
The liver has many different jobs including hormone and protein production, metabolism of fats, and detoxification. If the liver is not working well, it results in increased water intake and urination.
A disease that causes an overproduction of cortisol results in blocking the hormones from performing their job. The effects are too much drinking and peeing.
If you are caring for an older dog, the culprit as to why it is peeing so much may be due to kidney infections, a drop in its hormone level (especially for spayed females), urinary tract infection (UTI), and canine cognitive dysfunction related to age.
A behavioral problem that is entirely unrelated to any medical conditions. If your pooch is healthy yet drinks and pees too much, your fur baby is most likely bored or is just trying its best to beg for your attention.
Drinking a lot equates to more potty breaks outside of the house with you, that means more bonding time and hopefully a game of fetch.
BUT, what if it’s the other way around, your dog is peeing in small quantities. This is a case of painful urination that may be caused by bladder problems like cystitis, enlargement of the prostate, and prostate cancer. Plus, if your pooch is on steroids medications.