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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My question is this: my female Australian Shepherd has

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Hello, my question is this: my female Australian Shepherd has 6 week old puppies and has been doing fine with them until 4 days ago when I started weaning them. She has stopped eating and began drinking a lot of water only. She drinks so much she throws it back up. She is dropping weight fast. I gave her Nemex 2 dog worming 1 day ago thinking it might be worms. She has lost her energy but still try's to follow me around just turns down food , even her favorite can food?
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Linda, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Drinking to the extent that you mentioned (polydipsia) which is usually followed by urinating a higher volume of urine (polyuria) are danger signs for quite a few disorders. These include both hepatic and renal insufficiencies, urinary tract infection involving the kidneys, diabetes mellitus and Cushing's disease (both will also cause increased hunger (polyphagia), pyometra (infectious endometriosis/an important differential diagnosis for a dog who whelped 6 weeks ago), hypercalcemia (increased serum calcium level), electrolyte (sodium, potassium, chloride) imbalances, and the rarer Addison's disease, diabetes insipidus, and brain tumor involving the hypothalamus. Willow's vet will need to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests in order to clarify what those symptoms are signifying and time is of the essence and so please consider having Willow attended to by her vet at your earliest convenience.Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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