Why do dogs drink their urine?

Dogs drinking their urine can either stem from a physical discomfort or a behavioral problem.

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Medical conditions

Several medical condition can contribute to this problem



Let’s start with understanding the medical factors which might be the cause behind why dogs drink their urine

1. Deydration

Dogs have not been observed to drink their own urine if they are hydrated



If dogs forget the location of their bowl, they may drink their own urine. Older dogs suffering from dementia may also drink urine if they forget the location of their water bowl.

2. Cushing's syndrome

Formation of tumor in the pituitary gland of your dog



The primary symptoms are excessive urination and uncontrolled thirst. the uncontrolled thirst causes the dog to drink urine.

3. Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Constant thirst is a symptom



Your dog drinks their own urine since it is the easiest source of hydration available.

4. Urinary incontinence

Commonly observed in senior dogs



If these conditions are ignored or left untreated, thy will cause large amounts of urine to leak from the bladder when the dog lays down. If the dog it thirsty, they will turn to the urine for hydration.

5. Lack of dietary nutrition

Dogs drink their urine or poop when there is lack of proper nutrition in their diet



Discuss with your vet regarding the same and add multivitamins to the diet and stop giving your dog food items that are not healthy.

6. Other medical causes

Swipe up to know the other medical issues that may be the cause behind why dogs drink pee.



Excessive thirst (Polydypsia) can be caused by:


  • Hepatic diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney malfunction
  • protein deficiency
  • Meds side effects

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