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Hello! I am Dr Welsh and I am happy to help with your questions today. I am sorry that your pup isn't feeling well. Let's see if we can get to the bottom of this. I have just a few additional questions for you so that I can make the best recommendation.
how long has this been going on for?
how often does he actually get to drink and how much would you say he gets in a day?
when did he stop eating? when was the last time he ate anything?
any current meds or illness?
any changes to or difficulty urinating?
ok thank you for that additional information. first and foremost, it sounds like he is very dehydrated. constipation can be from being chronically dehydrated, and depending on how constipated they are that can cause them to stop eating. also can possibly be the reason for the blood in the stool. withholding water can definitely also be detrimental to the kidneys. there are many reasons why they can drink and pee a lot, with the history of the bladder stones there is definitely a possibility he could have a uti as well. in addition to this, kidney disease can cause drinking and peeing a lot, cushings (hyperadrenocortism) can also cause that. prostate issues can also cause that. there are also a lot of other things that can cause increased drinking and peeing, as well as decreased appetite and lethargy, but those are the top at my list. All in all, I really think he needs a vet visit and baseline bloodwork and urinalysis to make sure that we haven't caused any issues with internal organs, as well as look for any other possible causes to this. he definitely shouldn't be having any restriction on water intake as that can make things worse. and if he is house broken he will likely try to hold it as long as possible, which can also cause uti and other problems. maybe try getting someone like a dog walker to come over in the middle of the day to make sure he is getting out and exercise, as well as proper water and food.
does that make sense? is there anything else I can answer for you?
they can't drown themselves by drinking too much water. they will pee out whatever they drink even if it is more then they need.
depending on how much grooming is kept up around the face, they often have excess eye draining (given genetics of the breed) so if you don't wipe this away regularly it can build up.
if she is unable to take care of the dog due to her own medical issues, then it may be needed to bring someone in to help out when you are not there. we don't want him to suffer, and if she mentally cannot get it then we need to look out for him as well.
ok sounds like a great plan for him. I think that is best. is there anything else I can answer for you today?
if there isn't anything else then I wish you two the best!
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