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Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
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my dog is 14 and has started drinking a lot more water, at

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my dog is 14 and has started drinking a lot more water, at least 3 times as much is this something to be concerned about given his age.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Rebecca replied 4 years ago.
Thank you for asking about Laddie.

My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.

I would be concerned, yes. There are several conditions that cause a dog to drink more. He could have a bladder or kidney infection, and just need a course of antibiotics.

However, there are more serious possibilities. He could have diabetes, chronic kidney disease, high blood calcium levels, or a hormone imbalance called Cushing's disease (overactive adrenal gland function).

I would start by having a urinalysis done. That will tell you something about kidney function, it will tell you if there is an infection, and will tell if he is diabetic. A special test on the urine called a UCCR could tell you if he may have Cushing's as well.

Please let me know what else I can answer or help with.