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Our older dog, age 15, is drinking large amounts of water,

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Our older dog, age 15, is drinking large amounts of water, much more than normal. Is this a sign of a problem?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: She is drinking a large amount of water. She is old (15) and in good health. This is new.
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: No where. Just drinking a lot of water.
JA: Can you see anything that looks wrong or different?
Customer: No
JA: OK. Nothing visually obvious. Is the dog eating normally?
Customer: Yes
JA: OK. No appetite problems. Is the dog having trouble peeing or pooing?
Customer: Doesn't seem to be
JA: How is the dog behaving differently?
Customer: no change. She is sedintary.
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: Katie
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about Katie?
Customer: She had a cancer removed from her ear recently. Local vet said she seems to have a infected tooth
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 month ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Peter. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now, and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 month ago.

Hello, again, my name is***** will do my best to help you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- How long has she been drinking more than usual?

2- Is she currently on any medications?

3- Is she losing weight?

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 month ago.

Linda, as you have suspected when a dog drinks more water than usual it is a sign an underlying medical problem, I am sorry. 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. To determine which of the above is the underlying cause your family veterinarian will need to do some blood work (chemistry profile, T4 & CBC) and urinalysis as an initial screening test. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can recommend for you to try at home that would have any significant therapeutic benefit, I am sorry. Treatment will be determined by exam and test results. For example, if she has an infection she will be treated with antibiotics, if she is a diabetic she will be treated with insulin, etc. So, the treatment plan will be based on test results.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Dr. Peter

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 1 month ago.
Hi Linda,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Peter

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