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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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My Australian Cattledog is behaving oddly, very stressed,

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My Australian Cattledog is behaving oddly, very stressed, very anxious. He's about ten years old, generally healthy, no injuries we know of recently, no vomiting that we've seen, though he does seem to be drinking a lot of water. Ate dinner last night, has had no interest in treats since then.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. His change in behavior and polydipsia (increased thirst) are important symptoms but they're not pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. It's not unusual for ill dogs to become stressed; they don't understand why they're feeling the way they do. There are also medical disorders that cause agitation and anxiety; cognitive dysfunction (senility) and hyperthyroidism are two such disorders. My primary concern is Buddy's polydipsia. At his age this is seen with both chronic renal and hepatic insufficiency, diabetes mellitus and Cushing's disease (both would also cause polyphagia (increased hunger), diabetes insipidus (rare), Addison's disease (rare), hyperthyroidism (rare) and electrolyte (calcium, sodium, potassium) imbalances. If Buddy has been polydipsic for more than 72 hours, it would be prudent to have his vet perform a thorough physical exam including blood and urine tests. Please fast Buddy for at least 4 hours prior to arriving at the vet hospital so test results will be most accurate.

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