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He has started to drink a lot of water and then wants to urinate,

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He has started to drink a lot of water and then wants to urinate, he is alsio lethargic and not eating
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry to hear of this with Toby. Drinking a lot of water (polydipsia) and then forming a lot of urine (polyuria) are danger signs at Toby's age. Here are the disorders we consider...

1) Chronic renal failure - the most common cause of polydipsia and polyuria in the geriatric pet; inappetance and lethargy are common; vomiting and diarrhea may ensue as failure worsens
2) Hepatopathy - some liver disorders cause polydipsia and polyuria
3) Uirnary tract infection involving the kidneys - pyelonephritis (infection of the area in which urine collects in the kidneys)
4) Diabetes mellitus ("sugar diabetes") - these dogs are also polyphagic (increased hunger) until their diabetes becomes severe
5) Cushing's disease - rare - these dogs are also polyphagic
6) Addison's disease - rare
7) Hypercalcemia - increased calcium level in the blood - often due to malignancy
8) Brain tumor - rare but an important consideration

Toby's vet can clarify why Toby is polydipsic and polyuric by performing blood and urine tests. It's best to fast Toby for at least 4 hours prior to a blood draw. Never restrict water, however. I would be pleased to review the test results for you. You need only ask for a copy of the results and then upload them to our conversation.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 25258
Experience: University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it.

I'm going to check back with you in a few days for an update. Feel free to return to our conversation - even after rating - prior to my contacting you if you wish.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Good Morning I have taken Toby to the vets and they have diagnosed Pancreatitus and diabetes, he has been with them overnight and is being given insulin, he also has a respiratory infection which is being trate with Anti Biotics

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for taking the time to update me. I'm pleased to hear that Toby is being cared for nicely.

I'll change my follow-up for a week from now.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.


Hi his glucose level; came down from 30 to 11 overnight and he did eat a little, he onlly urinated once in the night wich is a big improvment and I am visiting him later today


 


Tankyou for your help

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
A good response, indeed. I'll speak to you soon.

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