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Hi, i`m Richard, a Veterinarian from the UK. Hopefully I can help with Leena today.
You mention she had a lobectomy - was it a liver lobectomy or a lung lobectomy?
Ok, thanks. Has she had dietary issues in the past? Does she have a history of a sensitive stomach?
I`m happy to carry on here, please ignore the phone call option.
I would have thought if she had a genuine food allergy that you would have seen signs before 13 years of age. The other possibility is that there may have been an ingredient change to her food causing a reaction now.
It sounds like she has been through a lot in recent months and that in itself can put a tremendous strain on her system and lead to diarrhea. In these cases it is often simply a case of finding a food that agrees with her system.
However I am keen not to miss any clues, given that she has been through so much. Do you know the reason she required a liver lobectomy?
How long have you had concerns regarding the vomiting and diarrhea? Was diarrhea the initial cause leading to liver investigations?
Do you think the diarrhea has worsened since her surgery?
When did you change her food at the vets recommendation? Sorry, just trying to look for any triggers here and get the timescales straight in my understanding.
Ok, great. How long do you think she has had an increased thirst for? Is she neutered?
Is she neutered? Does she pee a lot also?
Neutered at a young age is good, that rules out a womb infection that could be associated with these signs. Has Leena ever been evaluated for Addisons disease? That can have a waxing and waning progression, with increased thirst along with vomiting and diarrhea.
It would be a good idea to ask your vet about testing for Addisons disease as it can cause these vague signs and is certainly a possible differential here, given her increased thirst. It would be useful to take them a urine sample. The other good test that you can do at home is measure her water intake over a 48 hour period. that can give a good indicator of whether she is genuinely drinking more than she should. Increase in thirst is something that should be investigated, especially if it has increased recently.