For some dogs, the world is a big bowl of water. They sneak out of the toilet, bomb the puddles of mud, bathe outside the shower doors and even lick their human legs after the shower.
What is really happening here?
In most cases, it’s just a dog that is a dog. You can not expect an animal that eats poop and rolls in dead squirrels to have a discriminating palate when it comes to quenching their thirst, after all.
How much is too much?
However, there are times when dogs can drink more than usual due to a medical problem. Increased water consumption can be a sign of anything from a bacterial infection to serious conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease and glandular disorders, such as Cushing’s disease.
If you suspect that the dog is emptying the water container more frequently, consult your veterinarian, who can ask you to measure exactly how much your dog absorbs every day.
While it is normal for dogs to drink more on hot summer days or after physical activity, under normal conditions, a dog should not drink more than 1 to 1 ½ cups of water for every 10 pounds of body weight in 24 hours .
Obviously, since in the end everything that happens must come out, a dog that drinks more usually also pees more. And while it may be tempting to limit your dog’s water intake to reduce the number of times he complains at the door, you should never hold your dog’s water unless directed by your veterinarian. Some dogs may need more water due to certain medical conditions and limiting water intake could lead to serious medical complications.
External sources of water dangerous.
Even if your dog does not have a basic medical condition, there are times when it is a good idea to save him from his indiscriminate eating habits.
Dogs that sprout from ponds or stagnant lakes contaminated with feces or urine from animals can become infected with protozoa, such as Giardia and bacteria, such as Leptospira. The blue-green algae, which are found in some lakes during warm temperatures, can also be toxic to your dog.
In case of doubt, it is always advisable to bring a folding water bowl and a bottle of water during outdoor excursions.
And while draining the lawn sprinkler can only be a normal behavior of the dog, if you think your dog is drinking more than usual, it is worth visiting your veterinarian to recommend tests to rule out any medical condition.