WebMD reports that the main reasons that dogs drink an excessive amount of water are dehydration, illness, medication and diet. Most dogs needs 1 ounce of fluid per pound of body weight on a daily basis. On average, a 10-pound dog requires just a little over 1 cup of water each day. Very active dogs, lactating mothers and young puppies may generally drink more water.Continue Reading
WebMD outlines the factors that can contribute to dehydration, which include heat, high activity levels during play, illness and infection. Physical signs of dehydration include lethargy, thick rope-like saliva, and dry gums and tongue. Dehydration can be life-threatening, so seek veterinary attention if you suspect serious dehydration. If your dog is not vomiting and you suspect dehydration, give your dog small amounts of water (a teaspoon for little dogs and 1-2 tablespoons for larger dogs) with a spoon every 10 minutes for a few hours.
According to WebMD, illnesses that can cause excessive drinking include liver disease, diabetes, Cushing's disease, cancer, diarrhea, fever, infection and kidney disease. Drugs that make a dog thirsty are anti-inflammatory drugs, heart failure drugs and seizure medications. A dry food diet or high sodium diet can also lead to excessive thirst in your dog.Learn more about Dogs
WebMD explains that many owners overlook signs of serious illness in older dogs as mere symptoms of age. However, onset of joint pain or a lack of appetite can signify that an older dog is close to death. The website explains that lack of interest in social activities is a major sign of cognitive deterioration and the end of life.Full Answer >
Constipation in dogs may be caused by too little fiber in the diet, a lack of exercise or as a side effect of medication, according to the ASPCA. Other causes of constipation in dogs may include ingested gravel, bones or sticks caught in the intestinal tract or a tumor in or around the anus.Full Answer >
Some critics have claimed that the dog food Beneful is toxic for dogs, reports CBS News and NBC News. A class-action lawsuit was filed in February 2015 against Nestle Purina Petcare, the maker of Beneful. Purina denies that the foods are harmful.Full Answer >
If a dog has a sensitive stomach, it is important to experiment to find the right diet for the animal; according to PetMD, high-quality foods tend to be easier to digest. Switching to a different food helps many dogs with sensitive stomachs to lead more comfortable lives. This process should be completed gradually, as a sudden shift in diet can cause an assortment of health issues.Full Answer >