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My 9 year old Collie [69lbs] is perfectly healthy but I have noticed that he drinks quite a bit of water. Probably a quart and a half per day. Since his water bowl is in our bedroom I can count the number of times he laps the water after my wife feeds him in the morning. Presently that tops out at about 200. Normally since he is so healthy I wouldn't worry but when dropping him at the kennel recently the subject was brought up and the kennel owner said to be careful with him drinking too much water after feeding which could lead to bloat. Is this a real concern in my case? Is there any reason to restrict his water supply for a time after his meal?
 

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Usually when a dog starts drinking an unusual amount of water, it could be a sign of diabetes. If it were me, I would take the dog to the vet and have him checked out.
 

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Is this something new? If so, then a vet check is definitely in order as increased thirst can be a sign of several health conditions, including the aforementioned diabetes and Cushing's Disease.

If it's something that he's always done, then I wouldn't worry too much, but would still keep an eye in things. My nearly 8 year old GSD has always seemed to drink more water than any of the other dogs I've had.

As far as bloat goes, there are so many possible factors that advice on how to prevent it can be contradictory. These are a couple of articles about bloat, one from the AKC https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/bloat/ and one from the Animal Medical Center of NYC. https://www.amcny.org/blog/2014/07/16/what-causes-bloat-in-dogs#
 

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Appreciate your replies and I did read the bloat articles. Collies are not mentioned as an at risk breed and I do feed twice a day which is recommended. At the next vet visit I will mention the drinking to be safe. I will also see if I can't narrow the exact amount of water consumed after the morning meal. It is possible I may be worrying for no eason. Thanks again.
 
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