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Hi, I'm Dr. Jo and would like to help you with Brodie.
Has Brodie had any vomiting or diarrhea? Did he consume anything (chemicals/cleaners) etc. that you know of? It sounds very concerning, so I'd like to give me any additional information that you can think of.
Hmmm. It definitely sounds like he needs an examination by a vet and some bloodwork drawn. What is his temperature (taken rectally)?
Also, any blood in his urine? Does he seem to have any bloating in his abdominal area (stomach)?
Males don't get urinary tract infections very often......but it can happen. My initial reaction is endocrine (like diabetes, etc.) or possibly kidney issues. But usually they will drink more water with both of those.
Is he neutered yet?
If not, enlarged prostate or prostate tumor could be a factor at that age.
Some of those symptoms (from a cyst, etc. on the prostate) would be as lethargy, loss of appetite, constipation, painful urination, blood in the urine, abdominal pain, stiff walking, and rectal pain.
Okay, well, at his age this is a very common condition.......especially because the hormones are still present.
It should be fairly quick to diagnose with a rectal exam (from your vet) and x-ray of that area.
If he seems dehydrated, he would need IV fluids at the ER vet. Otherwise, you could probably wait until first thing tomorrow morning.
He may have an infection not of the bladder, but of his prostate......which antibiotics will help with as well. If you are not planning to breed him, neutering him will be the treatment of choice along with medication to get him comfortable and start healing (if infected).
If you call first thing, they should be able to work you in quickly. If not, try another clinic near you. I'm glad to hear he is drinking finally.
If anything changes tonight and he gets worse, don't hesitate to take him in. In rare cases, the bacteria from an infection can get into his blood.
Okay, sounds good. He's going to feel much better after seeing the vet tomorrow!
You're welcome! I'm glad I could help identify what might be going on with Brodie and really glad you came here to ask!
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