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1) Is Louie on any medication? 2) Any difficulty walking or getting up? 3) When did he last have blood work run? 4) Any weight loss? 5) Is he able to pee freely when he goes? No stop-and-start efforts or repeated squats? 6) What is he doing when he vocalizes?
I suspect that the vocalizations you're hearing are due to pain and likely secondary to arthritis, which is very common in dogs over 10 years of age and can be confirmed with x-rays. Due to his excessive thirst and urination, it would be wise to have the blood work and a urinalysis rechecked to ensure no kidney disease is present, no diabetes, etc. So long as this is ruled out, your vet can then place him on a trial of canine-safe NSAIDs like Rimadyl and pain medication, if needed, like Tramadol. This should begin to help within 6-12 hours to reduce the discomfort he is experiencing. It would also be worthwhile to start a joint supplement like glucosamine.
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