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My dog, Honey Baby, 15 years old Spanical. She is not

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My dog, Honey Baby, 15 years old King Spanical. She is not eating, not even treats for past four past days at all. Drink a lots and lots of water each day/night which she never have done before. Diererra the last 3 days. Spit up a long worm. Wants to go outside every 15 minutes all day/night long. She morn/cry. She will not let me pick her up. Expect to help put her down or up the postuch stairs. Sleep much more. breating fast. Back leg limping when walking.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Honeybaby. Drinking more than usual (polydipsia) and urinating a higher volume of urine (polyuria) are danger signs for quite a few disorders. These include both hepatic and renal insufficiencies, urinary tract infection involving the kidneys, diabetes mellitus and Cushing's disease (both will also cause increased hunger (polyphagia), pyometra (infected uterus if she's unspayed), hypercalcemia (increased serum calcium level), electrolyte (sodium, potassium, chloride) imbalances, and the rarer Addison's disease, diabetes insipidus, and brain tumor involving the hypothalamus. Honeybaby'svet will need to perform a thorough physical exam including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests in order to clarify what those symptoms are signifying. Please consider having a housecall vet come to you if you can't find somebody to take you and Honeybaby to the vet.

The long worm (roundworm) is an incidental finding. Diarrhea is consistent with both hepatic and renal insufficiency. Time is of the essence at her advanced age. She doesn't have the reserve of a much younger dog. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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