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Our 12 year old sheepdog has been drinking a lot of water

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Our 12 year old sheepdog has been drinking a lot of water over the last few days and has diarrhoea licking her bottom a lot .
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Did the Sheepdog eat anything unusual recently?
Customer: not that we are aware of, she is eating her normal food.
JA: What's the Sheepdog's name?
Customer: Flossie
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: A bit lethargic
Submitted: 14 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.
Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda.
I'm sorry to hear this.
Have you noticed more frequent urination?
Any other signs such as panting, weight loss or vomiting?
Does she scoot her bum along the ground recently?Please IGNORE any phone call requests as the website sends these automatically. I am unable to make phone calls.
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
no to all 3 questions
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.
Thank you.
Is she currently on any medicine?
Any potential toxins she had access to such as grapes, anti freeze, human medicine, lily plants or cleaning products?
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
No to all of those
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.
Great.
Are her gums pink and wet?
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.
Ok good, so she is well hydrated.Excess drinking can be a response to the diarrhoea, in an attempt to replace water.
However, at her age, we would also be a little concerned of other things such as kidney disease or diabetes.Any known cause for the diarrhoea such as a new treat or change in diet?
Has she been wormed in the last 3 months?
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
No change in her diet,and no hasnt been wormed in the last 3 months
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.
Ok, sure.
And finally, is Flossie on any medicine?
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
No
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.
Thanks.
I'm just typing my full reply now which can take up to 10 minutes.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.
A sudden bout if diarrhoea can have many causes including parasites, an infection, dietary indiscretion, stress etc.
Dogs can drink more to compensate.
I woul give her a good quality wormer such as Panacur and a probiotic anti diarrhoea paste such as protexin prokolin, both of which can be purchased online or from a pet shop.
I would feed a bland diet of chicken and rice for the next few days with no treats or chews.If the symptoms continue or she worsens, a vet visit would be wise. They will check her over and may run some tests such as a blood or faecal exam. This would be especially sensible due to the fact she is a senior girl.
Customer: replied 14 days ago.
Thankyou I will try what you have suggested
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 14 days ago.
Not at all and please feel free to keep me updated and to ask any further questions you may have. All the best to Flossie.