If your husky is always thirsty, you might be wondering why and what you can do about it.
In this post, I will show you a number of reasons why your husky might always be thirsty and what you should do.
So, why is my husky always thirsty? Possible causes can include illness, medication, the foods that it eats, heat and being very active. If you are unsure of why your husky drinks a lot the best option would be to take it to a vet.
There are actually a number of reasons why your husky might always be thirsty and there are many things that you can consider to help you figure out the cause. Once you have a good idea of the cause it will become easier to deal with it.
Why your husky is always thirsty
Each of the different reasons that your husky is always thirsty will likely come with a number of clues.
Below, I will mention a number of reasons why it might always be thirsty and what would make them more likely.
There are illnesses like diabetes that can cause dogs to need to drink more. This could be why your husky has been thirsty a lot. This would be more likely if your husky has started drinking a lot suddenly.
If your husky has become a lot more thirsty all of a sudden then the best option for you would be to take it to a vet to see what they have to say.
It could be the case that medication has been causing it to drink a lot. This would be more likely if it started drinking a lot after starting the medication and if becoming thirstier is a known side-effect.
If your husky started drinking a lot at around the same time that the weather became hotter then it could be that it’s due to the heat. This would be more likely if it has also been out in the sun a lot and if it has been panting excessively. If it has also been vomiting then it could actually be the case that it has heatstroke and it would be necessary to take it to a vet.
In this case, it would help to cool it down by giving it access to cool areas, shaded areas and lots of water.
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It’s highly active
The reason why your husky drinks a lot could be that it is, naturally, highly active. This would be more likely if it gets lots of exercise and if it tends to drink a lot after getting exercise. Huskies are a breed that is meant to get a lot of exercise daily so this is unlikely to be an issue.
The food that it is eating
Dry foods and foods that are high in sodium will tend to make your dog drink more (source). This means that it would likely help to reduce how much access your husky has to foods that are high in sodium. It would also help to consult with your vet to see whether or not high sodium foods or other aspects of its diet could be the cause.
It would also help to make sure that the foods that you are giving your husky are appropriate. You can look at this page on pets.webmd to see what you should and should not be feeding your husky.
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Things to consider
There are a number of things that you can consider when trying to figure out why your husky has suddenly started drinking a lot. Below, I will mention a number of particularly important things to consider.
If it has suddenly started to drink more than usual
It would help to consider whether or not your husky has always drunk a lot or if it has started drinking a lot more than usual.
If it has always drunk a lot of water then it would be more likely that it is actually drinking a normal amount especially if it is highly active and the vet has not found any issues.
Whereas, if it has started drinking a lot suddenly, then it would be more likely to be due to things such as illness, hot weather, medication or a change in its diet. It would help to consider what changed at around the same time that it started drinking more.
The timing of when it tends to drink more
It would also help to consider if there is a certain time that it tends to drink more. If it seems to drink more at a certain time then it would be more likely that there is something triggering it.
If it does drink more at certain times then it would be more likely to be due to things such as an issue with its diet or being active. It would help to consider what happens just before it starts drinking a lot. If it drinks shortly after eating then it could be due to too much sodium.
Whereas, if it drinks a lot at random times then it would be more likely that it is actually drinking a normal amount, it is ill or that it is due to medication.
When you should be concerned
Below are some examples of when your husky drinking a lot would be a situation where you should take it to a vet:
- It is started behaving differently suddenly
- It has been acting fatigued
- It has been showing signs of illness
- It has started drinking a lot suddenly without any apparent cause
What can you do about your husky drinking a lot?
The best thing for you to do about your husky drinking a lot will depend on the cause of it doing it. However, I will mention a number of options that you have below.
Take it to a vet
If you are unsure of why your husky has been drinking a lot or it seems like it might be ill then the best option would be to take it to a vet. By doing so you will be able to get expert advice tailored towards your particular husky. While with your vet, it would also help to make sure that you are feeding your husky appropriately.
Give it access to cool and shaded areas
If the weather has become hotter where you are then it would be important to give it access to cool and shaded areas so that it is able to stay out of the sun. It would also help to walk it in the morning or evening when the sun is not directly overhead.
Allow it to continue to have access to water
It is important that you allow your husky to continue to have access to water. Instead of reducing its access to water, take measures to deal with the cause if it is something that you can deal with such as an issue with its diet.