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1- Is it fair to say he is drinking more than usual? If so, how long has this been going on?
2- Is he lethargic?
Friend, when a dog drinks more water than usual it is a sign an underlying medical problem. There are many possible causes. It will be difficult for me to determine the exact underlying cause without a hands on examination and some testing. But, common causes are: An active infection, hormonal disorders (diabetes, cushing's), kidney or liver disease and even cancer to name a few causes. The loose stool is a consequence of the increase water consumption and the underlying medical disorder.
To determine which of the above is the underlying cause Scout will need to have some blood work (chemistry profile, T4 & CBC) and urinalysis as initial screening test. Treatment will be determined by exam and test results.
In response to your question I would recommend you do have him checked by ER vet at the very least to get some blood work done and rule out things like diabetes or kidney disease which can have a negative outcome if not treated promptly.
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