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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.
A wise physician once told me, "Old age is not a disease." I'm inclined to agree.
Drinking and urinating more frequently is a classic set of symptoms associated with the following:
-adrenal gland disease
-and other types of diseases, including some cancers.
As you can see, the list is quite broad and covers some things which are serious and others which are not.
All of them, however, are fatal if left undiagnosed and untreated.
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.
Then you'll know exactly what you're up against and will be able to make the best decision for how to proceed.
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.
Doing so can make her sicker.
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