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Excessive drinking (polydipsia) and increased urination (polyuria) go hand in hand. Animals which make very dilute urine, will need to drink more water to make up for the water loss through larger volumes of urine.
There are many reasons why animals may increase the amount of water they drink, or the frequency they urinate. Many of these diseases are more common in older animals, but can occur at any age.
There are many causes of dilute urine and increased thirst.
In the early stages of all of these diseases, these may be the only symptoms seen. Sometimes this increased thirst and urination is accompanied by weight loss.
Sometimes we do not notice an increase in thirst or urine volume, but our pet seems to become incontinent or lose their house training. This is more likely to be noticed in dogs, but sometimes will result in cats urinating outside of the litter tray.
Common causes of dilute urine and increased drinking include:
Urinary Tract infections
Cushing’s Disease (dogs)
Addison’s Disease (dogs)
Pyometra (female entire dogs)
There are also several other uncommon causes of increased drinking and urinating.
Many of these conditions will be diagnosed with a combination of urine analysis and blood test.
If you think your pet is drinking too much water, book an appointment for a check up with a vet. If possible, bring a urine sample with you, and we can confirm any abnormalities in the urine at the time of your consultation. If your pet is a senior , book a senior appointment in June and July for added extras and discounts.