If your dog pees too much, and can not drink indefinitely, your dog can dry out. This can lead to permanent damage to the kidneys.
You should never remove the water container !
Ask a veterinarian to investigate the cause of a lot of urination. There are more than 15 causes.
Your dog drinks a lot
A 20 kg dog is allowed to drink about 1 liter per day.
If your dog drinks (in proportion), or if he has started to drink much more than before, then this is a reason for further research.
If you have recently changed your feed, you can check whether drinking will normalize if you put the dog back on the old diet.
Peeing a lot or urinating often
We are talking about dogs that urinate large amounts :
– The urine is probably light in color.
– If your dog pees in the house, there is a big puddle.
With a lot of peeing we do not mean here and often pee little bits.
Often small pee do can fit :
– Dominant behavior (I am the boss)
– A bladder infection
– Not being able to urinate well (bladder stone, tumor)
If your dog can not properly dispose of his urine, he has a big problem and you should contact your vet as soon as possible.
Research with lots of peeing
The investigation into the cause of your dog’s thirst starts with urine tests. This is followed in almost all cases by a blood test.
In most cases it is known which organ causes the problems.
An ultrasound and tissue examination is often needed to see WHAT goes wrong in this organ. In some cases also an X-ray or MRI scan.
Possible causes of a lot of drinking and / or urinating
Prednisone and furosemide or torasemide (water tablets) can be the cause of a lot of drinking and urinating.
– Check the package leaflet of the medicines you give.
– Consult with your veterinarian if you can adjust the medication.
Animals with kidney failure often eat less well, fall off and vomit. Sometimes a lot of urination is the only complaint.
The creatinine level is increased during blood tests.
Sometimes kidney failure is the result of other diseases in this list: renal pelvic or uterine inflammation, Addison’s disease or too high levels of calcium in the blood.
Further blood tests, urine tests and an ultrasound are necessary to start a good treatment.
– A lot of urination can be the only symptom of kidney pelvic inflammation.
– Fever, back pain, poor appetite and vomiting (kidney failure) may also occur.
– Sometimes the urine smells strong and some animals have symptoms that fit with a bladder infection.
The diagnosis is made with an ultrasound and a culture of the urine from the renal pelvis.
The treatment consists of a long-term antibiotic cure. A week after stopping the antibiotics, the culture must be repeated to prevent the bacterium from continuing to damage the kidneys without obvious symptoms.
An untreated renal pelvic injection or treatment with the wrong antibiotics (not cultured) can lead to kidney failure.
In the 7 weeks after the heat a bitch can get uterine inflammation.
Even after giving birth, the chance of uterine inflammation is increased.
Bitches with uterine inflammation are often seriously ill and have a fever. Consult your veterinarian urgently. Your dog must be operated urgently.
Dogs with uterine inflammation can develop kidney failure.
In diabetes, the sugar concentration in the blood is too high. Sugar contains sugar.
Your dog needs insulin.
If your bitch is non-sterile, the hormones around the heat can seriously disrupt the regulation of the diabetes. We recommend that you sterilize your dog.
– If your dog has recently (less than 8 weeks) loops, then it is advisable to do so once your dog is stable enough (under anesthesia).
– If your dog has been in heat for longer than 8 weeks, the sterilization can wait for the time being until the diabetes is regulated (sterlising for the expected next heat).
Dogs with Cushing’s disease (elsewhere in this list) are also more likely to develop diabetes.
Nephrogenic glucosuria or Fanconi
There is sugar in the urine, but the glucose level in the blood is normal. Your dog has no diabetes and insulin is not necessary!
Nephrogenic glucosuria may suit acute kidney failure. In the best case, this condition can fully recover.
Another possibility is that your dog has an enzymatic problem in the kidneys. One of these disorders is Fanconi, which is common in the Basenji. There is no treatment for this disease.
Dogs with this condition are more likely to have a urinary tract infection.