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Our Cocker Spaniel is drinking more water than he normally

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Our Cocker Spaniel is drinking more water than he normally does; this has been going on for about a week now. of course, he is going for a "wee" more often. He is 11 years of age and has normally been in good health.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Maggie replied 2 years ago.
Hi, this is Dr. Maggie - I am going to try to answer your question today.

First, I need a little more information:

1.) Have you noticed any changes in Charlie's appetite?

2.) Have you noticed any changes in Charlie's weight?

3.) Is his urine discolored at all?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

1) No; 2)No ; and 3) Because he crouches when he "wees" we are unable to verify this. Should we book an appointment with a local Vet?

Expert:  Dr. Maggie replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the additional information.

Increased thirst and urination in a senior dog can by a symptom of a more serious underlying condition such as diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, Cushing's Disese, a simple urinary tract infection, or kidney disease.

The first thing I would recommend is NOT limiting water intake. If Charlie is drinking more water, there is a reason for the behavior. If for example, he is unable to concentrate his urine and you are limiting his water intake, that can place him in a dangerous situation.

I am going to recommend getting him in to see your veterinarian for an examination. Your vet will likely want to collect some urine for a urinalysis and some blood to check blood sugar, kidney values, etc.

If you would like to read more about any of the conditions I have mentioned above, please visit the following links:

1.) Diabetes Mellitus: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=631

2.) Cushing's Disease: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&C=&A=1193&SourceID=

3.) Kidney Disease: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=572

Hopefully that answered your question today. Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

If you found this information helpful, please rate my response positively.

Thanks for using Just Answer and best of luck with Charlie!

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