10 year old male pug started urinating in the house on a frequent basis and he is also drinking a lot more water?

 

Dog Question: I have a 10 year old male pug who has recently started urinating in the house on a frequent basis and he is also drinking a lot more water than normal.  He has never done this before and I am concerned that something is wrong.  He also is dry coughing a lot more and acts like something is stuck in his throat but never coughs anything up. Can you tell me what might be happening?

 

Hi Tom,

Sorry to hear about your dog.

Pugs, because of the way they are bred often have problems with their tracheas which can cause coughing like you are seeing.  It goes get worse with age.

As for the urinating and drinking, it could be a kidney problem, hormonal problem, etc.  There are many causes of this.  But this is a reason you need to take your dog to the vet.

Something is causing him to urinate more, so he drinks more to stay hydrated. (polyuria/polydyspia)

Before go to the vet try to measure how much your dog drinks in a day, and how often he urinates.

This will give the vet more information to go on.

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