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Hi my name is ***** ***** my dog is Shane just recently he has

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Hi my name is ***** ***** my dog is Shane just recently he has started wetting in the house the problem is he either sleeps on my bed or my husbands and have been having to strip beds in morning lucky enough it has only been duvet cover but he has wet rugs as well and don't know what wrong , he also seems to be drinking a lot but he gets out plenty and is back to wanting out through night like when he was a pup but he is back to it again and he is over 11years of age thanks Liz
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian.
I understand that you are concerned because Shane is drinking more water than usual , urinating more than usual and is having accidents in the home where he sleeps.
Most normal dogs take in between 0.5 to 1 ounce of fluid per kilogram of body weight per day. That includes water in his food and drinking. True polydipsia (increased water consumption) is when a dog is drinking more than 1 ounce per kilogram of body weight in a 24 hour period without other demands (such as very hot temperatures or excess exercise). So for example a normal 40 kilogram dog should be taking in 20 to 40 ounces per day. That's about 3 cups to 7 cups of fluid per day for a 40 kilogram dog.
If he is drinking a noticeably increased amount of water compared to usual I would have him examined by his veterinarian and check a urinalysis and some simple blood tests. Dogs that drink more can suffer from overfill incontinence meaning that because they drink so much they are producing too much urine to hold for any length of time.
Things that can drive an increase in water consumption and subsequent increased urination range from a urinary tract infection, urinary calculi (stones in his urinary tract) to a prostatic infection to developing kidney or liver disease or even diabetes.
Less commonly we see increased water consumption and urination with diseases such as Cushing's disease, or even some types of cancer (lymphoma or anal gland tumors), diabetes insipidus (a decreased production of aldosterone, which is a hormone that stimulates the kidneys to concentrate the urine).
The most common cause of increased water consumption and urination in dogs is a urinary tract infection, and with a mild or early infection you may not necessarily see any blood or a change in the way the urine looks.
In the meantime while waiting to see his veterinarian I do not recommend limiting his water, in most cases that could lead to dangerous dehydration.
Please let me know if you have any further questions.
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