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Increased Urination and Thirst in Dogs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

dogdrinkIncreased level of thirst in dogs is called Polydipsia. It also is accompanied by increased urination. If you notice that your dog is drinking more than usual, you should have him evaluated my your veterinarian to rule out any serious underlying condition. Your vet will want to confirm or rule our renal failure or hepatic diseases.

Your veterinarian will examine your dog to determine  his true levels of thirst and urination.  He /She will measure your dogs  water intake and urination output. A baseline of normal fluid levels (hydration) and normal urination will be established for comparison, and an evaluation will be performed to ensure that the increased thirst and urination are not signs of a more serious medical condition.

Standard tests will include a complete blood count (CBC), a urinalysis, and X-ray imaging to rule out or confirm any issues with the kidney (renal) system, the adrenal system, and the reproductive systems.

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