It’s not unusual for your pup to guzzle down a whole bowl of water when you come in from the hot sun.
But if your dog’s drinking like he’s never seen water before or there doesn’t seem to be a cause for his thirst, it can be a sign that he’s sick. So what should you do if your dog’s excessive drinking seems abnormal?
We reached out to Dr. Alex Schechter, a veterinarian and founder of burrwood Veterinary Hospital in Detroit, to find out why your dog’s drinking a lot of water and how to know if it’s a problem.
There are a number of reasons why your pup’s drinking a lot of water, and not all of them are cause for concern.
It’s normal for your dog to drink a lot of water when he gets inside on a hot day or after a long walk. Some medications, such as steroids, and food can cause excessive thirst and urination in dogs.
But sometimes, excessive drinking can be a sign of certain illnesses.
“Some illnesses, such as diabetes, Cushing’s disease, chronic kidney disease, cancer, fever, infection and liver disease, also cause excessive thirst and urination in canines ,” Dr. Schecter told The Dodo.