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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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my 10 year old boxer is drinking more than normal, but he is

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my 10 year old boxer is drinking more than normal, but he is unable to keep the water down & is often sick soon after. Weeing lots, but now also weeing indoors.
Also, is often sick after eating his compleate food - so have started to soak it to help soften. This does not always stop hime being sick...
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
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Baxter's polydipsia (increased thirst) and polyuria (increased volume of urine) are danger signs for both renal and hepatic insufficiency, diabetes mellitus (if he's also polyphagic/increased hunger), Cushing's disease (he would be polyphagic as well), hypercalcemia (increased serum calcium level), hypokalemia (decreased serum potassium level), and the rarer Addison's disease and diabetes insipidus.

Baxter's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam inclduing diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. You should know within 24 hours why Baxter is so symptomatic. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it. It's best to fast Baxter for at least 4 hours prior to a blood draw for the most accurate results. Never restrict water, however.

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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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.
May I have an update on Baxter, please?

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