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My rat terrier dog's drinking and urinating a lot!
Dear Dr. Baum --
I have a rat terrier who has always been potty
trained -- no probs. But recently he seems to be drinking more water and
having trouble holding his urine, and is going in the house, which is very
unlike him. He knows it's wrong, he just can't help it. He doesn't
seem to be running fever and asks like he normally does, doesn't
seem to act as if he's sore either. Could this just be a bladder
infection or should I take him to the vet if he's not better in a day or
two? He's not a puppy nor an elderly dog, I would say he's middle
Thank you for any helpful advice you can send my
Increases in water consumption and an increase in
urinations definitely need to be checked out by running blood and
urine tests. The most common conditions that cause these symptoms
include kidney disease and diabetes. Occasionally malfunctions of
the adrenal glands will also produce these signs. Have it checked
out as all the above conditions can be significantly helped if
detected early in their course.
Please also read two articles dealing with this
issue on our site:
Increased Water Drinking
Water Drinking Article 2: Diabetes
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