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Cartilagefish March 8th, 2010 12:18 PM

Older dog constantly drinks water
We have an older chihuahua, he is a rescue dog and when we got him they told us they thought he was around 10 yrs old. We've had him for about 3 yrs now and he's always been drinking water constantly and going to the bathroom in the house, he's also always been super thin and no matter how much food we feed him he doesn't gain weight. We've had him tested and the vet said there's nothing wrong. We keep him in his crate most of the time, and I feel bad for him, but if no one's watching him he'll go on the floor instead of letting us know when he need's out. Is this just psychological, or is there something wrong. Even though he's frustrating it would be hard to put him down.

mummummum March 8th, 2010 12:33 PM

I think your pupper needs to see Vet for a second opinion and have some additional blood work and urine tests done. It's best to rule out the physical first. Over-drinking and incontinence point to a number of diseases and infections. There are also medications (Propalin for one) which help to strengthen bladder muscles in older dogs.

lindapalm March 8th, 2010 01:38 PM

Has he been tested for Cushings Disease?

marko March 8th, 2010 02:00 PM

The dooger could also have kidney or urinary problems as well.

Way too soon to talk about putting the dog down at this point....
Needs a doctor first. Please take him to the vet for a second opinion and give us an update.

This is abnormal behaviour.

Don't know what tests your vet has done?
But this dog needs a few tests.
If your vet said your pet is fine and did not do any testing, then imo it's time to change vets.

Good luck!

t.pettet March 8th, 2010 08:26 PM

Older dog
Poor guy can't live the rest of his life in a cage, please take him to another vet for a prognosis.

MyBirdIsEvil March 8th, 2010 09:10 PM

Eating lots of food and not gaining weight is worrisome. You definitely need a second opinion. There are a number of things that can cause that. Has he been tested for heartworms? I notice you live in oklahoma and in a warm enviroment that's definitely a good possibility.
Has he had his blood sugar tested? That can cause excessive drinking and urination, not to mention weight loss. He is old and this is a good possibility.
He needs a full battery of tests done to determine what the issue was. I don't believe your current vet when he says there is nothing wrong. A dog eating a lot and not gaining weight, especially when not active, points to there being an issue.

I would not keep the poor guy in his crate all the time. This will only make his issues worse since he's not getting mental stimulation and exercise. Senior dogs often have issues with incontinence and crating all the time is not the answer. You may want to try a male dog diaper (it goes around the waist so they can't pee on stuff). That way you can let him out of his crate and he won't soil your floor.

Tundra_Queen March 11th, 2010 09:53 AM


I second the opinion of taking him in for more test. Drinking and pee a lot, plus not gaining weight is a sign of diabetes in people and could be in your dog's case too.

Also, I found out this past Sunday when I got my shih tzu, there is such a thing as pants for dogs. Apparently you put a pad in them so they don't mess in the house.

Good luck with your puppers I hope u find some help.

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