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1- Did she get into anything or eat something out of the ordinary?
2- Any pre existing medical conditions?
3- Is she on any medications?
4- Is she spayed?
5- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
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When a dog drinks more water than usual it is a sign of an underlying medical problem as you may already know. There are many possible causes. It will be difficult for me to pinpoint the exact underlying cause without a hands-on examination and some testing, I am sorry. But, common causes are an active infection, hormonal disorders (diabetes, cushing's), kidney or liver disease and even cancer to name a few causes. I don't believe this is related to the flies burrowing in her coat. To determine which of the above is the underlying cause your family veterinarian will need to do some blood work (chemistry profile, T4 & CBC) and urinalysis as an initial screening test. Treatment will be determined by exam and test results. If cost is a concern I would look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.
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