In the world of veterinary medicine, excessive urination in dogs is also known as polyuria. This is often not a serious medical condition ; however, it is crucial to take your dog to the veterinarian immediately if you notice a sudden increase in urine as it may indicate renal failure in your dog.
Causes of Polyuria
Excessive urination in dogs, polyuria, can be due to a number of reasons including diabetes, problems with the adrenal gland, tumors or thyroid disorder. Low protein diets may also be the potential cause for polyuria. Age also plays a role in polyuria. For example, a dog who is young and active is likely to have increased levels of thirst and urination at times.
Excessive Urination in Dogs: Testing and Treatment
Testing will be conducted by your veterinarian to determine if there are any issues with the kidneys, adrenal glands or reproductive organs. Common tests to determine a cause include a CBC (Complete Blood Count), sonography and/or a urinalysis. Your veterinarian will also ask if there have been any other symptoms which are accompanying the excessive urination.
Renal failure is the most common concern with polyuria. If there are no medical issues associated with the increased urination though, the veterinarian is likely to simply recommend limitations on water intake. The dog will be recommended an adequate amount (to be determined based on age, weight) to remain hydrated. The dog will then be observed to ensure his urination decreases.
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