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My dog is on theophylline and wakes up 1 - 2 X a night

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my dog is on theophylline and wakes up 1 - 2 X a night because he's thirsty and then wants to go outside and pee.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Problems with drinking can be serious. I'm glad you noticed it. The Expert will know what to do. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: are you a robot?
JA: Yes, I'm a bot. I make the process of talking to the vet more efficient and affordable by asking basic questions. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?
Customer: I want him to sleep all night.
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 12 days 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 12 days ago.

1) How old is your companion?
2) Is he taking any other medication besides the theophylline?
3) Any history of illness or injury?
4) When was bloodwork last run?
5) When was a urinalysis last performed?

Customer: replied 9 days ago.
He's 13. No other meds although the doc gave me cough med. if needed. No illness. Concern is that I think theoph. makes him so thirsty that he has to drink and pee in middle of the night, waking me up. He's does well on the 37.5 mg of the theoph. though. I'm just really tired of having to get up 1 - 2 X a night.
Customer: replied 9 days ago.
I do not want a call. I just want the answer from the vet's nurse. Don't charge me more than the $5.00 I paid.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 9 days ago.

Theophylline does have diuretic properties, so this may be why your companion is urinating in the middle of the night. You may need to ask your veterinarian about switching medications to something without diuretic properties. If you can tell me why he's taking theophylline, I may be able to offer some recommendations.

Also, if he has not recently had a urinalysis or bloodwork, I would also recommend this as conditions like kidney disease, diabetes, urinary tract infections, etc. can cause a dog to drink more and have the urge to urinate more often.

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Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 7 days ago.

Checking in. How is your companion?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
What recommendations do you have for bronchial dialation. My vet said Theophylene is the only one, and now they no longer make pills so I have to get it at a compounding place. It's for a collapsed trachea.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 6 days ago.

Terbutaline may be a good choice as so far as I know (and the research I have performed confirms that) it does not have the diuretic effect that theophylline does but it still helps with bronchodilation. If Terbutaline does not work well for him, your vet may be able to use terbutaline at a full dose and add theophylline back in at a lower dose for improved response but less diuretic effect. Hopefully this would still resolve your initial concern.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 5 days ago.

How is your companion today?