Dogs get thirsty and drink more for the same reasons that people do. Feeling thirsty is a very basic animal reaction to becoming dehydrated.

Maintaining exactly the right amount of water inside each of the cells in our bodies is an incredibly sophisticated process.

Yet for healthy dogs, that process happens perfectly and naturally without your dog having to make a conscious effort to think about it.

Thirsty dog!

Thirst is often completely natural. If your dog gets too hot on a summer’s day, he’ll pant automatically to cool himself down.

And as the water from his mouth evaporates, he’ll automatically become thirsty and set off to find a drink.

But sometimes, thirst is more sinister

Excessive thirst in dogs

Perhaps the weather isn’t hot. Maybe it’s snowing outside. Thirst that is caused by excessive panting in cool weather is a clue that all is not well with your dog.

He could be running a temperature. Or there may be something upsetting the natural balance of your dog’s body chemistry.

If certain salts or minerals become too concentrated in your dog’s body for example – he’ll need to drink more to flush them out.

And in this way, being very thirsty, or drinking more than usual, can be a useful indicator to you, that something is wrong with your dog. Even before he becomes obviously ill.

You may hear your vet refer to this kind of excessive thirst as polydipsia. It simply means ‘much thirst’

Frequent urination in dogs

If your dog’s body is attempting to flush out a build up of toxins or excess minerals from his body, the extra drinking will result in him needing to go to the bathroom more often.

So if you are worried about your dog peeing a lot, ask yourself if he is drinking a lot too.

Dogs drinking a lot and urinating in the house

A dog that needs to urinate because he is drinking large amounts of liquid is likely to have accidents indoors

Even if he has never done so in his life.

Try not to be annoyed with your dog, it isn’t their fault. And don’t be tempted to restrict the dog’s access to water.

Make an appointment with your vet and in the meantime remember to take your dog outside more frequently.