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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? How long has this been going on for? Any change in Lola's appetite?
Okay thanks for the additional information. Has she had any blood work since she has been drinking excessively? Because of her age I would recommend labwork to rule out some of the most common causes of increasing drinking which could include diabetes, kidney disease, or Cushing's diease which is an overactive adrenal gland? Does she seem to have any change witih her weight at all?
Okay the labwork will definitely help determine if she has diabetes, kidney disease, or Cushing's disease which may be causing her symptoms. If it is diabetes then she may need to be started on a insulin regimen requiring injection twice daily. Cushing's disease may require additional testing to diagnose after the initial testing has be done
I would wait to get the labwork results before you switch her food. Because if she has diabetes she will need to be on a special diet to help regulate her blood sugar. If she has kidney disease then she will need to be put on a low protein diet. So her diagnosis will determine what the best diet she will need.
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