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Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta, Dog Veterinarian
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My cocker spaniel 9years old has started to drink excessive

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My cocker spaniel 9years old has started to drink excessive amounts of water wanting to go out a lot more and through the night empting his bladder quite a lot, this morning when cleaning the floor the urine seemed to have a pink tone to it
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 3 years ago.

Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

There are a number of causes for this excessive urinations and one could be a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). This will show with frequent urinations and blood in the urine.

I would also worry that Jasper may be suffering from Diabetes which suppresses the immune system allowing an infection in the bladder. It is very important that you have Jasper examined by your vet right away,. If he does have Diantes , this could be very serious if left untreated.

There are other causes for this blood in the urine such as bladder stones or cancer so make sure your vet does a thorough exam on Jasper so you know exactly what is causing is something that will require treatment.

Does that make sense to you?

Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please REPLY so I can clarify for you.

Sincerely, Dr. Loretta

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

If it is diabetes can this be managed, if cancer what sort and if this is possible treatable.


Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 3 years ago.
Hi Christine....

If this is Diabetes, it is most often easily manageable with treatment and will give Jasper a long happy life with treatment. Cancer of the bladder is very rare Christine so it is unlikely, luckily, that this is cauisng Jasper's issues....This cancer is treatable but teh prognosis is grave for long term.

From what you tell me Christine, it is probably is the right age to start this and a bladder infection is common with Diabetes.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

thank you so much I feel a little bit more relieved, he is going to the vets on Monday


Much appreciated

Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 3 years ago.
Excellent, Christine....then you will know for sure what is cauisng this and how best to treat Jasper to ease his discomfort.