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Drinking and urinating more.

Species: Dog
Breed: part Rodesian Ridgeb
Age: 5-8 years
Approx. 6 yrs old or older, part Rodesian Ridgeback, 69 pounds. He was a stray and he was aged by a vet at the time 3 years old. We adopted him then. He got a dry nose, was laying around, drinking a lot of water, but still eating but not in the morning like normal. A week later he got up ate in the morning, was feeling better, nose wet and we thought things were okay. His nose is still wet, but drinks about 1/2 gallon to a gallon of water a day. Urine is clear. He's a tad lethargic, but still goes for walks but tires faster. He also has bad hips since we adopted him. We're a little concerned that he is still laying around, drinking a lot of water and although eats all his food, it takes him a long time over the day and evening to eat all of it. If we hand feed him the food he will eat it also and he likes his Glucosamine Chondroitin treats still. Oh yes and we had started giving him these treats four months ago for his hips. Could it be the Glucosamin Chondroitin treats. We started a new treat (1000 mg Glucosamine with 600 mg Chondroitin) three weeks ago before all these symptoms showed up. Also in case this matters too. We have lived in the country prior to the last months and he is used to drinking out of streams. When the snow melted he started drinking the run off two weeks before all of this. We can't figure it out! It's not normal for him to urinate so much, drink so much water, not eat all of his food by 3:00PM or not have the energy to run and trot for a couple of miles.


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

I'm sorry to hear that Boogie is having problems. What you have described as his symptoms do have me concerned. The majority of the time, when a dog is drinking and urinating more there is a medical reason for it. The fact that his appetite is less voracious and that he is quieter than usual has me concerned as well.

I think that it is unlikely that the treats are the problem, although it's not a bad idea to discontinue them for now. There have been some odd issues with dogs getting mysterious illnesses after eating chicken jerky treats but I have not heard of the same issue with any other type of treat.

There are a few things that can cause the symptoms that you have mentioned. The fact that Boogie likes to drink out of streams makes me wonder if he could have picked up leptospirosis. This is a condition that can cause serious kidney problems. It comes from the urine of racoons and other wildlife. Leptospirosis is very serious but can be treated.

It is also possible that there is something else affecting his kidneys. It could be because of a toxin or even an infection.

Another possible reason for him to be more thirsty than usual is diabetes. Most dogs with diabetes have an increase in appetite though. However, if they are really sick then the appetite can decrease.

Cushing's disease can cause an increase in thirst and urination but almost always causes a large increase in appetite so this is less likely.

Unfortunately there are certain types of cancers that can cause these symptoms as well.

I would highly recommend a vet visit as soon as possible. The vet will want to do a urinalysis and also some blood tests to see if this is indeed a kidney problem, diabetes, or something else. Many of the possible problems are quite treatable, but will be easier to treat the sooner they are dealt with.

Hopefully you can have him seen soon!

Dr. Marie.


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Customer reply:

Thank you Dr. Marie. I already got the appointment for this afternoon.
Tracy


Customer reply:

Dr Marie,
I wanted to let you know that Boogie had diabetes and although with much money and two shots a day of insulin for the rest of his life we could have saved him, we decided to euthanize him. Thank you so much for your assistance.
Tracy


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Oh, I am so sorry to hear that. You are correct that diabetes is treatable, but can be very expensive, especially for a large dog and also takes a huge time commitment. Euthanasia is always a valid option that I give when I have diagnosed diabetes.

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Dr. Marie.



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