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My dog has not been drinking very much water today. He is

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Hi, My dog has not been drinking very much water today. He is panting, drooling lethargic and peeing alot. every 15 minutes. What could be wrong with him. He is a 7 year old pure bread boxer.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Jo and would like to help you with Brodie.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
great thank you
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No, he hasnt eaten anything today and just started to drink some water about 5 hours ago.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

Hmmm. It definitely sounds like he needs an examination by a vet and some bloodwork drawn. What is his temperature (taken rectally)?

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

Also, any blood in his urine? Does he seem to have any bloating in his abdominal area (stomach)?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I dont have a thermometer to take his temp. I was thinking he may have a badder infection but was wondering if his symptoms pointed to something more serious.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no blood or bloating
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
he has a hard time making it outside and has bad several accidents in the house before he gets outside.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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.

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

Is he neutered yet?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
no
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

If not, enlarged prostate or prostate tumor could be a factor at that age.

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
now that you say it he has been walking slow and stiff
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

Okay, well, at his age this is a very common condition.......especially because the hormones are still present.

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

It should be fairly quick to diagnose with a rectal exam (from your vet) and x-ray of that area.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok, so should i take him on an er visit or schedule during regular hours
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

If he seems dehydrated, he would need IV fluids at the ER vet. Otherwise, you could probably wait until first thing tomorrow morning.

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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).

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ok, ill schedule an appointment
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Me to. Thank you for your help.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We will be watching him very closely and he sleeps in our room half of time in our bed so we will be able to keep a very close eye on him.
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

Okay, sounds good. He's going to feel much better after seeing the vet tomorrow!

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks again!
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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!

Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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