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My 11 yr old German Shepard/ golden mix- has recently started

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My 11 yr old German Shepard/ golden mix- has recently started head shaking, drooling, increase in urination and wants to eat everything in sight
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 5 months ago.
Hello, I am sorry to hear you are worried about your German Shepherd mix. How long has he been like this? My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help. Head shaking can be from mouth pain, ear pain or infection, or a bad/loose/infected tooth. Drooling can be from nausea, pain in the mouth, a bad tooth. Increase in urination and eating can be from diabetes, or Cushing's disease (overactive adrenal glands). If he were my own dog, I would start with a thorough physical exam: check his mouth, look into his ears with a scope (you only see about 25% of the ear canal without a scope), listen to his heart, palpate internal organs and lymph nodes. I would do some basic blood tests to check for signs of diabetes (high blood sugar) or Cushing's (high liver enzymes, high white blood cells) and if the blood tests are at all suspicious do a test on the urine called a UCCR to rule out Cushing's. Let me know how long he has been like this, and what you have tried so far, and what other question you have.
Expert:  Rebecca replied 5 months ago.
How is your dog doing? Can I help with anything else?