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My alaskan Malamute had diarrhea for a couple of days and no

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Hello..my alaskan Malamute had diarrhea for a couple of days and no appetite with excessive drooling. Now she hasn't had a bowel movement in days drinks a ton of water, urinates frequent and is lethargic
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

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Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Ok thank you!
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.

Randie, all of those symptoms are important but polydipsia (increased thirst/"drinking a ton of water") and polydipsia (increased volume of urine) are particularly worrisome because they're danger signs for quite a few disorders. These include both hepatic and renal insufficiencies, urinary tract infection involving the kidneys; diabetes mellitus, Cushing's disease, hyperthyroidism (all three 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. Many of the above can be discarded out of hand at DesiLu's age. Her vet 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. Time is of the essence as she can be quite ill at this time. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 months ago.
Hi Randie,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Desilul. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin