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My dog won't eat She's drinking so much water she vomited

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My dog won't eat She's drinking so much water she vomited back up
She has a large tumor on her rear leg
And she is 15 years old
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I'm sorry of this, William. Drinking more than usual (polydipsia) and 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 (infected uterus if she's unspayed), hypercalcemia (increased serum calcium level), electrolyte (sodium, potassium, chloride) imbalances, and the rarer Addison's disease, diabetes insipidus, and brain tumor involving the hypothalamus. Her 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. At her advanced age, renal insufficiency is most likely to be the cause of her anorexia, polydipsia, and vomiting. We don't think of cures in our 15 year old patients but we often can stabilize them at a reasonably functional state and improve their quality of life.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Hi William Thomas,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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