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It might be a good idea to note whether she actually is voiding when she asks to go outside (and if so, how much?) and whether she actually is drinking more than normal.

From Polydipsia and Polyuria in Dogs
The term polydipsia refers to excessive thirst manifested by excessive water intake, which in turn usually leads to polyuria, which is the formation and excretion of a large volume of urine. Polydipsia and polyuria are early signs of several diseases, including:

  Kidney failure
  Diabetes mellitus
  Uterine infection (called pyometra)
  Liver disease
  High blood calcium
  Uncommon abnormalities of the pituitary gland
  Inability of the tubules of the kidney to reabsorb water properly (i.e. “nephrogenic” diabetes insipidus

Dogs normally take in about 20 to 40 milliliters per pound of body weight per day, or about 3 to 4 cups of water per day for a 20 pound dog. Anything more than that, under normal environmental conditions, is considered polydipsia.

You should watch your dog for increased thirst and urinations. Some dogs may begin drinking from a dripping faucet in the sink or from an open toilet bowl. However, if you want to determine how much your dog is drinking, allow him only one source of water and subtract the amount left in the bowl after 24 hours from the amount you put in originally. If you determine that your pet is drinking excessively, make an appointment with your veterinarian.
See also Too Much In and Too Much Out: The Problem of Excessive Thirst and Urination.
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