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Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am not set up to make a live call. But, I am happy to answer your question on this thread. 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 this been going on?
2- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
3- Any pre existing medical conditions?
4- Has she been seen by a veterinarian for this current problem?
1- Is it fair to say she was drinking more than usual?
yes I got your response.
Has ER vet done any testing?
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Friend, if your dog was drinking more than usual and ER vet found her to be dehydrated this is highly suggestive that she may be in kidney failure. You see, if she was drinking and urinating a lot the kidney did not have the ability to hold water in the body.
In response to your question should you put her down? I do understand your concern about cost. But, I think that you should speak to ER veterinarian about running a simple blood test and specific gravity (urine test) to see if she is in kidney failure. This should not cost you more than 75-100 dollars. Then, make a decision based on test results. If she is in kidney failure then her prognosis is going to be very poor. So, I would make the decision of putting her to sleep based on blood work and urinalysis.
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