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I have an 17 year old American Eskimo Dog. She is now

I have an 17...

I have an 17 year old American Eskimo Dog. She is now completely blind. Since going blind she has developed a odd behavior in that she doesn't seem to know when to stop drinking water. She'll get about 3 feet and then it comes right back up.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. What is wrong with the dog?

I have an 17 year old American Eskimo Dog. She is now completely blind. Since going blind she has developed a odd behavior in that she doesn't seem to know when to stop drinking water. She'll get about 3 feet and then it comes right back up.

Veterinarian's Assistant: Where does the dog seem to hurt?

She doesn't seem to hurt anywhere

Veterinarian's Assistant: OK. No obvious pain. What is the dog's name and age?

Angel is 17 years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: How old is Angel?

17

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Angel?

She had an operation to remove a cancerous nipple about a year ago but the vet said it hadn't spread and there's no sign of growth and checkups have been clean.

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Hello, I'm Dr. Luke and I would be happy to help you with your question. I am so sorry about your pet. I have over 19 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Are you available to discuss this situation online at this time? (if you get a phone call prompt from the system, please disregard as I am unable to do a phone call at this time).
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That is odd behavior.

Are you saying she drinks a lot of water and then vomits it up?

Does she still vomit if she only drinks a little bit?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
she never drinks just a little. she just doesn't seem to know when to stop. she never did this before blindness. i know it sounds wierd but it's true.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
my wife just reminded me that she used to kind of gag after drinking water but I guess throwing up has taken it's place.

Ok.

Do you know why she went blind? Was there a cause or is it just old age?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
just old age. catarats

Ok.

Often when dogs lose their eyesight because of old age/cataracts it can cause them to have a bit of cognitive decline as one of their senses has gone (and others may not be working as well as they used to be). This congnitive decline is often called doggy Alzheimers or similar. It is not something that is really treatable.

I would be providing several small bowls around the house to enable drinking or just replenish with small amounts of water so she cannot gorge and then vomit.

Sometimes providing a large block of ice can help these dogs too

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
thank you so much

my pleasure

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