3 Reasons Why Your Puppy is Suddenly Drinking a Lot of Water and Urinating
A combination of frequent drinking and excessive urination may point to a number of medical conditions that must be checked with the vet. The scientific names for these conditions are polyuria and polydipsia. Here are some common reasons for this behavior among puppies.
Infection of the Urinary System
There could be a possibility where your puppy is affected by an infection in the urinary system. This may include conditions like bladder infection or urinary tract infection. Dogs affected by suck medical conditions will also exhibit other symptoms like cloudy urine and frequent accidents. We suggest you check with the vet as soon as possible for the appropriate treatment.
Intake of Medication
Has your puppy recently been taking any sort of medication? In some cases, the intake of medication can cause the puppy to suddenly urinate and drink a lot more water than usual. You may want to check with the vet whether the medication prescribed to your puppy does lead to such symptoms.
Aside from medication, frequent urination may also occur among puppies if there is an increase in salt intake. Make sure your puppy is not being fed salty food as this can lead to a number of health complications. As a general rule of thumb, your puppy should not consume more than 100 mg of sodium a day (assuming a weight of 33 pounds).
Your Puppy is Anxious
It’s not just medical conditions that can lead to an increase in frequent drinking and urination. These behaviors may also be caused by anxiety and stress. Has your puppy recently been going through stressful situations (e.g. moving to a new environment, or meeting a lot of new people or other dogs)? Such situations can cause your dog to suddenly pee more often.
Making sure your puppy gets plenty of physical and mental exercise, and going through a gradual socialization process could help resolve the frequent urination and drinking issues over time. The cloudy or colored urine should also turn clearer over time.
Is it Normal for Puppies to Pee A lot?
Yes, you may find puppies pee more often than adult dogs because they haven’t fully developed their bladder control yet. As a general rule of thumb, you may expect a one-month old puppy to pee once every hour. As your puppy gets older, you could expect him to hold his bladder for the same number of hours as their age (in months).