Why Is My Pet Drinking So Much?

dog drinking water.

Drinking water and staying hydrated is just as important for animals as it is for humans. Water keeps us (and our beloved pets) healthy, and is necessary for daily life and bodily functions. While it may be easy to keep track of your own water intake, the same may not be as easily said for your pets. Pet owners may be wondering how much water their pet should be drinking and if they are drinking enough. 

There may also be times when you notice your pet is drinking more water than usual. This could be a symptom that something is up with your pet. The team at Harpeth Hills Animal Hospital is here to help you be aware and know when to be on the lookout for signs your furry friend may need a wellness check

Drinking Problems: When Your Pet is Drinking Too Much Water 

Each pet is unique, and how much water they need daily depends on their size, age, activity level, diet, and even the weather. If you notice your dog is drinking a lot of water suddenly, or you find yourself questioning why does my cat drink so much water, your pet may be experiencing a medical issue. Learn how to spot the differences between symptoms and the reason why your pet is drinking too much water below:  

Rehydration and Dehydration 

If your dog or cat just got done with a strenuous play session or running around outside, they may be over at the water bowl lapping up a whole lot of water. This is perfectly normal and is encouraged for pets with a highly active lifestyle. 

Just like humans, your pet can get dehydrated if they have not been drinking enough water. It can also happen quickly during warmer weather or periods of time outside. If possible, make sure your pet stays hydrated by monitoring their water intake throughout the day. If the weather is on the warmer side, they may be drinking more water if they are dehydrated. If you notice your pet is drooling heavily, acting lethargic, panting excessively, and has a really red tongue or gums, they may be experiencing a heat stroke. If your pet is displaying these symptoms, contact your veterinarian right away. 

If your dog or cat is drinking extra water than normal, it may be a sign of an organ issue. Drinking excessive amounts of water is known as ​​polydipsia, and it could mean your pet is losing an excess amount of the water they consume. Some of the common diseases that may be causing this include diabetes, kidney failure, and Cushing’s disease. They may also be experiencing Hypercalcemia (high blood calcium) or Pyometra, which is a urine infection that can occur in unspayed female dogs. 

If you think your pet may be experiencing one of these issues, or if you think your pet may be experiencing an emergency, it’s always best to consult your veterinarian right away. The team at Harpeth Hills Animal Hospital is here to care for your pets and help you determine if their excessive drinking behavior is something more than temporary thirst. Call us at (615) 646-7387 to speak with our caring team.