I'll be the voice of dissention here. I often lift the water bowl up at 8:00. I give Shelby a drink of fresh water and then the bowl goes up. I can't have her drinking water an hour before going to bed, she will pee the bed. Same as I don't drink a big glass of wate before going to bed but will have a big glass an hour before. But she is really good about taking a good drink of water with her last of the evening bowl.
I think the problem here is not her drinking water but drinking so much and having accidents. I do think I would talk to the vet and if you aren't getting a satisfactory answer, ask for another opinion.
Refresh my memory Emma...how old is Bluebell?
Oh well - it's not just me who lifts a water bowl then ! Like you said, i have a drink last thing before bed, i don't drink throughout the night, so the dogs are the same. I think the bed wetting is behavourial, as she has always done it, she used to do it as a puppy, when i had daisy, she would jump in her bed and wee then climb into her bed and sleep! leaving poor daisy with a wet bed!
Bluebell will be 3yrs next April.
I agree with Cathy IF you know there's no underlying health problem.
But there is a big difference between being SURE this is a behaviour issue or a spay incontinence issue-- in which case, this is something you need to resolve or manage -- and the significant risk in the case of this already ill dog that this could be a health problem in which depriving water could pose a serious problem or a collapse.
It would not be a normal recommendation to EVER pull water from a frantically thirsty dog, or to remove access to water for any dog at all during all waking hours -- as I said, doing so is grounds for cruelty prosecutions in many countries, with good reason.
To me this sounds like a health problem, given her history, and a potentially serious one that I would not presume is a behaviour. I also know of diabetic dogs that have needed several blood panels before diagnosis -- and there are other serious problems that can cause an excessive thirst problem.
Please do have a read of the links I posted and raise those with your vet. If the vet cannot find anything I would definitely get a second opinion, perhaps from a specialist.
Sorry to drag this up again Emma, but Bluebells excessive thirst has been playing on my mind for a few days now and wont go away. I've an uneasy feeling there is something wrong with her kidneys maybe??
Often owners say "well he/she has been drinking a bit more than usual the past few weeks, but the weather was quite warm, so I didnt think anything of it". Thats right after they get the result of the BUN tests etc etc which has just confirmed their pet has renal disease that they were completely unaware of!!
I agree 3 years is young for this type of thing to happen, but these things can happen at any time to anyone. It can happen suddenly and quite dramatically or silently and creep up on you (chronic). PLEASE take her back and get some tests done, if only to shut me up.
Wishing you and Bluebell well.
My concern with a 3 year old having this problem is that she would be fully housetrained by now and if she is having accidents, I can't help but feel there might be a medical reason for it. Rule out medical and then address behavioral.
When Shelby did this a time or two at almost 6 years old...off to the vet we went. Medical issues were ruled out and we began to address a behavioral issue. Sure enough, once we made sure she went out and actually pottied several times a day...and turned it into a "party" (treats, attagirls, etc) she stopped peeing inappropriately.
Again....Shelby drinks significantly more water than Jake but it was not a medical issue.