Increased thirst in older pets
We understand any change noticed in our pet’s can be worrying, particularly in their later years of life.
One noticeable change in older pets that is often a link to underlying issues is a sudden increase in thirst. If there is no obvious reason for your pet’s increase thirst, such as increased exercise or warmer weather, it is recommended to consult a veterinary surgeon for them to be checked.
Typically it is advised that dogs can drink up to 25 to 50ml per 1kg of bodyweight in a twenty four hour period.
What could cause increased thirst?
The simple reason is that your pet is drinking more because they are thirsty. However, excessive drinking with no apparent reason could be a sign of underlying disease that older pets are more prone to. This can include
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or bladder disease
Urinary tract infections, otherwise known as UTIs, are relatively common in pets, especially older pets as they may lose control of their bladder in later years. These infections are caused by bacteria, and some pets are more prone than others. Untreated UTIs can also affect the kidneys, urethra and bladder. Pets can also be prone to bladder disease which can include kidney stones. Symptoms may include excessive urination, difficulty urinating, blood in their urine, as well as cloudy or foul smelling urine.
Diabetes Mellitus in pets is becoming more common, and these pets will require daily monitoring and care. The condition occurs when the body cannot produce or utilise their natural insulin. Symptoms of this condition can include excessive thirst and urination, weight loss or gain, and change in appetite.
- Kidney disease
Acute kidney disease occurs when the kidneys stop working efficiently. This can be caused by exposure to a toxin or trauma. However, chronic kidney disease develops over time and can be harder to spot. Chronic disease is commonly caused by hereditary issues, or can e a results of cancers, kidney stones or even dental disease.
These conditions can be complicated and therefore require diagnosis and guidance from your veterinary surgeon. If you have any concerns about your pet’s behviour, or if you think they may be showing signs of any of the issues mentioned, please book appointment for your pet.