Originally Posted by dontsurrender
Is your dog having full accidents or is it more like she is leaking a little bit of urine? As female dogs age the estrogen diminishing can cause this urine leakage, but you really should get her a urinalysis as she may have a urinary tract infection. Good luck!
Full accidents. She hasn't had one since I last reported one, which is good.
Originally Posted by mlp
Dogs and cats don't drink more than usual when they have UTI's, kidney problems, or any number of other medical problems that can lead to changes in elimination behaviors, so the fact that she hasn't icreased her water intake is not a reliable indicator of health at all.
In fact, the only condition that any of mine have had where they drank more than usual has been diabetes.
My poor doggy
I hope nothing is wrong with her.
Originally Posted by cheekywhiskers
I've heard this one before and sometimes (not always) when the amount is measured, the pet really is drinking more. A UTI can cause an increase in thirst, but withholding water doesn't cause dehydration since the kideys are still working fine (just means your pet is less comfortable). If the condition is early, your pet may still be able to drink enough to compensate. So for a few days bofore you get into your vet, you can limit the water at night, but you want to pick it up an hour or two before her last trip outside. If your dog is normally hydrated, it can take that long to fully process and eliminate extra water. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
Her water bowl is pretty small and I monitor how much she drinks and how often I fill it up in a day. She backwashes too, so I'm always cleaning it out.
Things have been crazy here, so we haven't made an appointment yet, but when my guy comes home from work today, we're calling. I'm new to the area, so I'm still doing research on who's the best around. I'm also looking for someone who can care for rabbits too, my bunny has a runny eye. Maybe we can get them seen in 1 visit, that would be great.
I will definitely report back.