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I hve a 15 year old miniature shnouzer, she has started drinking

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I hve a 15 year old miniature shnouzer, she has started drinking a lot and I have to get up at night to let her out. She is very picky with food and really is not eating very much, just a little of what I eat. She has lost some hair from her back as well. Is it just old age? Thank you.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 2 years ago.
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I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to discuss your questions about Heidi.

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I'm sorry she's having trouble, but glad you are looking for the information you need.

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That way we can discuss things back and forth until you're satisfied with the information I've provided.

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Please let me start by saying the symptoms you are describing are nearly always caused by some type of illness, not just old age.

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A wise physician once told me, "Old age is not a disease." I'm inclined to agree.

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Drinking and urinating more frequently is a classic set of symptoms associated with the following:

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-diabetes mellitus

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-adrenal gland disease

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-uterine infection

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-liver problems

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-kidney problems

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-diabetes insipidus

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-and other types of diseases, including some cancers.

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As you can see, the list is quite broad and covers some things which are serious and others which are not.

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All of them, however, are fatal if left undiagnosed and untreated.

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Because of that, I'd encourage you to have Heidi examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible and have the necessary blood tests and urinalysis performed.

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Then you'll know exactly what you're up against and will be able to make the best decision for how to proceed.

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Again, I'm really sorry you're facing this. I know it can be scary.

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Until you can get her to the vet, please keep water available; do not restrict her water intake in order to make her more manageable.

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Doing so can make her sicker.

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