Why Your Dog is Drinking So Much Water After Getting Surgery

Excessive thirst can happen after a dog wakes up from the anesthesia effects following surgery. Here are the reasons why and how you should handle a dog that seems to be dehydrated.

1. Fasting Before Surgery

Some dogs are required fast before going through certain types of surgery. This also applies to water and the dog not being able to drink for an extended period of time. Naturally, the thirst will get to them and water might be the first thing they will look for soon after getting surgery.

2. Effects of Intubation

Dogs that were put under general anesthesia are likely to have been intubated. Tracheal tubes, for example, can cause a dog’s throat to feel extremely dry and sore for a few days following the surgical procedure. The feeling of dryness is what may cause dogs to drink an excessive amount of water post-surgery.

It’s a good sign that your dog wants to hydrate after surgery but it’s important that you prevent them from drinking too much at the start. The process should be gradual. Let your dog drink and eat small amounts at a time until they have fully recovered from the surgical procedure.

Dogs that drink too much water right after surgery may end up vomiting because their stomachs aren’t able to handle the sudden intake. At the start, the urine might be quite yellow but it should gradually turn into clear urine once your dog is back to his normal self and drinking water at a normal cadence.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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