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Old 12-15-2012, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default He's SOOO thirsty all the time - and throws up too often to be normal...

Hi all,

I did some random reading, as usual, on older posts by people in the past years with similar questions, but would like to post my own about my own boy.

Princeton has always drank A LOT of water, in my opinion and I keep it readily available for him. When his bowl is dry I will find him in my face barking or whining and running towards kitchen where I keep the water bottles and he gets so excited when he sees a bottle of water. I can't even drink my own bottled water without him in my lap these days.

Of course this leads to excessive trips outside and since he is only 4 months old, training sure is exhausting this mama. lol

The past couple of days he hasn't been really eating well. He normally would eat 3 times a day and everything in his bowl. Yesterday he ate half of what I put down and so after him not eating well the day before, I left food down for him to free feed and he didn't touch it.

Today when we got up this morning, he of course drank all of his water and then prompty puked up foamy white stuff, then all of the water.

We recently switched from the food he was sent home eating, to Blue Buffalo and he was FINE up until a couple days ago. His appetite isn't completely gone as he was eating treats when he perform a treat worthy behavior or task I initiated for him. He was also in my face trying to eat my food and whining and crying when I crate him while I eat.

I've had to initiate feeding by hand feeding a few days before, and then a couple days ago he just plays, paws at my hand or his bowl, tips it, or takes a kibble and drops it out of his mouth, over and over (it's quite comical to observe, but it worries me)

He is still insanely thirsty though. He drinks way more than the suggest 1oz per lb of weight (he was just shy of 5lbs when he got his last shot a few weeks ago)

Although behavior wise he is more normal than anything, he has been on my lap or next to me almost all day. I finally got him to eat more, by wetting and warming his kibble, but he still left some in the bowl.

I call my vet and the ER vet. They both didn't seem concerned. He pukes a lot as it is, but its to the point now where I just want to see if something else is wrong.

He gets carsick and sometimes pukes if he plays too hard right after eating (so I usually crate him for 30 mins after he eats) he's puked in te morning if it was too long between meals, etc. Usually when he pukes its a lot of kibble and so I wondered if he was over eating (although he is not free-fed and it is measured) or what.

OKAY THIS POST FEELS VERY ALL OVER THE PLACE TO ME NOW, BUT I'M GOING TO KEEP GOING.. LOL.

Anyways, we have an appointment on Monday at our vet and I'm going to ask about Diabetes Inspidus. Is there anything else I should ask about?

The first few visits to the vet we saw the same Dr and I really liked him. The last two shots he had, it was two different Drs (same practice) and I wasn't the happiest about that but as they were just boosters and his rabies and he'd done so well with his other shots, I didn't fret too much. I asked about his car sickness and was given dosing info for dramamine although I've never administered any meds to him (besides his heartworm) and avoid car trips with him as much as possible.

Does anyone else have an otherwise normal healthy pup who drinks excessively? Is there ANYTHING else I should be concerned about. I don't think a week has gone by since I've had him (and I've had him since he was 8.5 weeks -- I didn't know before that that was too young, I'm learning as I go) that he hasn't puked. But he's also never not wanted his kibble either.

Today he has been crying and begging for water WAY more than usual and I kind of don't want to keep filling the bowl because I don't want him to puke again but I can't deny him. I even bought him a puppy water bottle for his crate, but I got one that was too big, so I am going to exchange it for a smaller spout tomorrow.

I guess my main question is can you all give me ideas of what to ask the vet on Monday and what to keep an eye on. I don't think he is "SICK" per se, but at the same time... I don't think its exactly normal either.

Thanks! I'm very wordy when I post, so thanks for reading through and bearing with me!
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Blooswork and xrays would be helpful... Good Luck.
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I agree full blood panel and I would be requesting a BATS done. Try to capture a urine sample as well and bring it in with you and request this be tested too.

Something is obviously going on.
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They gave great advice. Good luck. Keep us updated on what the vet says. Hugs
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If he is throwing up his food maybe the food is not agreeing with him might want to ask vet about changing his food. keep us updated
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Not sure with a dog...but those symptoms with a person...my first thought is diabetes.

Hopefully your vet runs some tests and gets some answers for you. Princeton can't be feeling too well puking that much. Wretching is hard on the body.

Please come back & let us know how he's doing.
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So sorry for your poor baby. About the drinking. The first thing that comes to mind is a kidney or bladder issue. I know a pup who had these drinking and peeing symptoms and she had bladder stones. Also diabetes or thyroid? As for the food, I believe Blue buffalo is a good food. I feed mine BB adult and as he eats fast and does not chew, he occasioally threw up whole kibble. It had swelled up a lot. So I tried using the small breed, smaller kibble and he has been fine since. Worth crushing the kibble into smaller pieces before changing food. Also if he has some medical problem, that could also affect his digestion.
Good luck with the vet visit and the tests will hopefully reveal all and he can be treated and feel well again.
As for car sickness, perhaps he will get used to the car as he gets older. Short journeys first until he is comfortable. A drug called Cerenia is very effective for car sickness and general nausea, but I don't know if you can get it where you are.
Get well soon little one, and please keep us posted as to his health.
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I agree full blood panel and I would be requesting a BATS done. Try to capture a urine sample as well and bring it in with you and request this be tested too.

Something is obviously going on.
Good way to get a urine specimen:

Does you pup use piddle pads. If its does turn it over to the plastic side up and leave it there a while, evemtually they will pee on it - take a syring and suck it up and put it in the frig to take to the vet .
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Excessive thirst is a sign of diabetes. I would also take a urine sample just so you have it available but do not store it in the fridge.

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If you haven't already, you MUST get him to a vet. Please let us know the latest! Good Luck.
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I have a friend who has a Jack Russell terrier. She found her one morning with her face planted in her water bowl. They did blood work, etc and found kidney damage due to the dog treats from China. She is ok now, but is on meds and has quarterly blood work done. Since your baby is so young, I would for sure get her in for a full blood panel to check for liver problems, diabetes or kidney problems. My little man had a UTI and they ended up doing an ultra sound and found a liver shunt, which we just had corrected this past week. Good luck and let us know how this works out. I would have never known what liver shunt is if not for Yorkie Talk forum!
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I hope it's nothing serious. It's better to be safe than sorry. Full blood panel and X-rays sound like a safe bet. Good luck and keep us posted! We'll have you and your little one in our thoughts.
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How is your baby. Any updates after the vet visit? Hope you have a diagnosis and treatment soon.
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How is your baby and what did the vet find? We are concerned about him. Hope all is well.
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I found this information on one site:
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Increased water intake can be a sign of many different diseases, including, but not limited to; kidney failure, Cushing's disease, Diabetes, Hyperthyroidism, kidney disease or urinary tract infection, and Pyometra (infection of the uterus) to name a few. It can also be seen when taking some medications, such as Prednisone. Increased Thirst: My senior dog is drinking lots of water and urinating everywhere. Is it just old age?
The main thing I wanted to tell you is make sure you measure how much water your giving him and how much he's actually drinking in a 24 or 48 hour period. I think the vet will be much clearer on whether it's an excessive amount. Best of luck.
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