Center-Sinai Animal Hospital
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WHERE HAS ALL THE
Many people bring their
cats, dogs and other pets in for
examinations when they notice that there has been an increase in
their pets' water consumption -- and itís a good thing that they do! Very often
this is the sign of a major illness, and the earlier that the source
of the problem is found the better.
Organ malfunctions, infections and
hormonal abnormalities are all potential sources. The pursuit of
the cause is, for me as a clinician, an especially fun investigation
because it usually is so logical and so worthwhile. Blood and urine
tests as well as x-rays are very likely to be the tools utilized in
One of the most common organs to
malfunction is the kidneys. Unlike some other organs, which can
regenerate themselves, the kidney depends on starting out with four
times the capacity that it needed to keep our blood clean. Usually
the kidney cells slowly die, but until three fourths of the cells
are gone, there will be no signs of illness. Everybody knows the
the kidneys are supposed to remove the bad stuff from our body, but
equally as important is the ability to keep the good stuff. The
main good thing that is retained is water. Without healthy kidneys,
we would be urinating so much dilute, watery urine that we would
need to drink and drink in order to prevent dehydration
Because a urine specimen is so
valuable in the diagnostic process, always try to collect one for
analysis before the visit. Only a small amount is needed (1/2
teaspoon) and the sample doesn't have to be sterile but it must be
in liquid form (no clumping litter or damp cloth please!). If the
urine is well concentrated the cause of the water consumption is
generally in another area of the body, but if the urine is very
dilute the chances are good that the problem lies in the failure of
the kidney tubules to effectively reabsorb the water from the urine
passing through them. Examining the types and amounts of cells
present in the urine will help differentiate an active problem from
an end stage process. The presence of large amounts of sugar in the
urine usually will mean that the patient is diabetic. Blood tests
that measure the levels of waste products are used in conjunction
with the urine to confirm the diagnosis.
For kidneys that no longer retain
the one-fourth of the cells that are required to do the job, the
best long term therapy involves the use of specially formulated
diets, usually low in protein, that generate less waste materials.
Short term treatment will usually involve the use of supplemental
fluids in an attempt to flush the toxins out of the body.
The causes of increased water
consumption can often be life threatening and self-diagnosis is not
recommended. Consult your local veterinarian for the
professional advice that will benefit your pet.
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