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Hello this is Dr. Holloway but you can call me Dr. H, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I understand that you have concerns about your pet Spike's symptoms of drinking a lot of water and a sore that doesn't heal.
I just want to clarify.
Does Spike drink more water than he normally did in the past? Or has he always drank a lot of water?
Also is Spike also urinating more?
What kind of sore are we talking about here? How long has it been there?
- Dr. H
Ok so the sore has healed, but the hair has not grown back. Got it and thanks for clarifying.
So these symptoms of increased urination and drinking with an apparent slow haircoat regrowth from a previous skin lesion suggest an endocrine disorder, such as Cushing's disease or even Diabetes (usually an increase in appetite is also seen). A blood panel (CBC/Chemistry) + urinalysis is the best place to start for checking for these disorders and that would be my best recommendation at this point considering the clinical signs.
A kidney or bladder issue is also possible. Which is why I recommended the urinalysis in conjunction with the bloodwork analysis. It also gives you a good overall analysis.
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