- Is your pet drinking excessive amounts of water or urinating more than usual?
- Is your pet urinating in inappropriate places around the home?
You may have noticed it happening gradually or all of a sudden realized that things have changed.
There are many possible causes of these symptoms such as kidney disease, bladder infection, diabetes, liver disease, thyroid imbalance, calcium abnormality, adrenal gland dysfunction, uterine infection and electrolyte imbalances; so it is important to come and see us if there are any concerns.
Be on the lookout for the following signs your pet may be exhibiting:
- Increased intake of water
- Urinating more often
- Having accidents in the house
- Going in and out of the litter box
- Blood in the urine
- Lack of appetite
- Changes in behaviour
- Pot-bellied appearance in your dog
- Weight changes
- Activity changes
- Foul breath
Water intake in our pets can vary greatly from day to day. So it is important to monitor and assess your pet’s water consumption at home for several days. In this way, you can get an accurate picture of what your pet is drinking. A useful inexpensive tool that can be employed in the comfort of your own home is to keep a log or journal to help record the amount of water in ml per day. Or collecting a sample of your pet’s urine is an inexpensive test and can easily be examined for any abnormalities by your vet, nurse or any one of our staff members.
Having to frequently fill your pet’s water bowl can also be a clue as to your pets’ drinking. You can also observe the number of times your dog is needing to go out and urinate or whether your cat’s litter box needs emptying more often.
Keep an eye out for these sometimes very subtle clues.
Overall don’t hesitate to come and see us if you have noticed any changes in your pet’s drinking or toileting patterns. If they are urinating in the house and they don’t normally do that or asking out to the toilet overnight or more frequently during the day then there could be an underlying problem.
Give us a call to make an appointment.