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Sick Yorkie

Species: Dog
Breed: Yorkie
Age: 8-11 years
Buddy has been acting sick for about a week, being lethargic and unresponsive, progressively getting worse the past few days. Today he started drinking excessively, throwing up, and urinating frequently. He has been panting heavily even though he is not outside in the heat. He is not himself at all--kind of in a daze like he doesn't know where he is or who we are. He has been healthy his whole life until now, other than constant eye infections which we treat with ointment. Do you have any idea what can be wrong with him? Thank you.


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

I'm sorry to hear that Buddy is not feeling well. The symptoms that you are describing have me very concerned. This does not sound like a simple thing that he would get over on his own.

A sudden increase in thirst and urination is always a sign of something significant. It can mean a serious kidney problem which could be a result of eating something toxic to kidneys such as antifreeze or a part of a lily plant, or could be because of a problem like leptospirosis. It could be something like diabetes as well. Diabetes doesn't usually come on all of a sudden though.

Vomiting can be caused by a great number of conditions.

It sounds like Buddy really needs to see a vet as soon as possible. If there is kidney disease then the sooner this is dealt with the better.

Unfortunately there is not much that I can suggest at home as this sounds like a serious sickness.

I really hope he is ok!

Dr. Marie


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