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My dog is fourteen and is drinking a lot and all of a sudden

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my dog is fourteen and is drinking a lot and all of a sudden his back legs are folding under he dying?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: my son is looking now but he feels so light when i carry him this happened to my other dog and eventually he had to be put to sleep
JA: Is there anything else the veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?
Customer: he has a collpased trachea and takes medicine and he also takes lasix
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

1) Is he still bright, alert and responsive?
2) Wehn was the last time he had blood work performed?
3) When did the high volume of water consumption start?
4) What breed of dog is he?
5) What meds is he taking aside from lasix?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
bright alert wagging his tail
Bloodwork about a year ago
High water consumption just started
Mini.pincher pug breed.
Hydrocone for trachea
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

If he's bright, alert and wagging his tail it's very unlikely that he's dying.

Because of the high volume of water consumption having started recently, blood work and a urinalysis would be wise to rule out bladder infection, kidney disease, diabetes, cushings disease, etc. The hydrocodone and lasix should not be causing this symptom. One diagnosed and treated, your vet may no longer have the leg folding episodes you're seeing which may be due to weakness related to an underlying illness.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 10 months ago.

Checking in, JACustomer. How is your companion feeling today?