Hello and welcome, my name is Scott and I am an experienced small animal veterinary surgeon, I will be very pleased to work with you today and will try my best to answer your question to your satisfaction.
Can you tell me how long this problem has been going on please?
about a year
Thanks for that .. Do you think she is drinking excessively?
quite a bit.
I thought so, this is often the case where dogs have to go out in the night like that, the problem will be more than likely related to the water intake rather than a primary bladder problem. Please stand by and I will type out a much fuller answer for you ...
Drinking excessively is pretty well always be a cause for concern in dogs, the chances are some disease process is causing these symptoms rather than it being anything simple.
What I will do though is to talk you through just some of the possible causes of excess drinking [ polydipsia ] that I commonly see ...
1. Diabetes mellitus - sugar diabetes - easy diagnosis via blood test2. Diabetes insipidus - rare but does happen - catches vets out !3. Kidney problems - diagnosed by blood tests4. Chronic hepatitis - diagnosed via blood tests5. Cushings syndrome
Of course the bottom line I am coming to is that since there is such a range of diagnosis the only advice I can give you is that you should have your dog checked over by your vet sooner rather than later.
Sorry I cannot suggest any simple home remedies ...
But a quick and simple blood test will very often shed light on what is going on and you can take it from there ... .
That's about as much as I can suggest without examining your dog, can I answer any questions you may have related to my above answer?