Drinking A lot

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Drinking A lot

Post by Stacey100 » 04 Jan 2011, 16:11

Hi everyone,
As some of you have met, my boy Murf is getting on a bit now, has reached 11 years old. Recently, I would say in the last 3+ months I have noticed that he is drinking a lot of water or appears to be for him. He makes far more trips to the water bowls, makes a bee line for them when ever he can. I have now put an extra bowl in the living room, not a big one but one he can get too, he can drain it well within 2 hours.

Last night there was no water in the bedroom bowl so he paced about doing that inward groan until I got up to get him some and he acts the same as if I was approaching with a bowl of food with it.

Other than that, no other thing has changed, his behavior is normal, he doesn't wee any more than normal or ask to go out more than normal, he doesn't have any accidents in the night etc.

A few weeks ago when he went in for his booster at the vets I told them this and they suggested a blood screen to check functions such as liver, kidneys and other things which have all come back as completely healthy and normal so they have said it is unlikely to be anything to do with his kidneys or Cushings or diabetes so I am at a loss now.

Does anyone here have a similar experience with their older dog, any suggestions, is there something I and the vets are missing?
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Post by puppypower » 04 Jan 2011, 16:40

I do hope Murf is okay I met him in Birmingham and fell in love with him (kiss)

I don't have any experience with older schnauzers but our Jack Russell is geting on now at 18 poss 19. He drinks a fare bit, we joke that he goes out for a wee to empty the tank, and then promptly has a big drink and fills that tank up again (hammer)

Its great his tests came back okay, is he on any medication? that could be having an effect on him longer term? I know some anti-inflametory drugs are not so kind on the tummy?

I guess also it been cold where you are so proberly had heating on lots more older dogs seem to be effected by heat and cold more than the younger ones.
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Post by Stacey100 » 04 Jan 2011, 16:47

Hi Dawn

Hope you and Jasper are well.

No he's not on any meds at the moment, interesting thought about the cold and having the heating on though, possible. x
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Post by tosca » 04 Jan 2011, 18:24

Don't want to worry you but it could be his kidneys, prob best to get vet to check him out.

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Post by NSB » 04 Jan 2011, 18:50

I wonder have you changed the food?

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Post by hula-hoop » 04 Jan 2011, 19:22

^^^ I was wondering that too - is he having anything particularly dry or salty? Stanley drinks more when he has had a rawhide bone to chew.
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Post by Guinevere » 04 Jan 2011, 20:08

does he lick the snow cause there could be salt on it from the gritters

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Post by pastylover » 04 Jan 2011, 22:23

It's not that unusual for some older dogs to drink more. Our last Giant used to drink gallons after she reached about 10 and our English Mastiff was pretty much the same. So long as your vet has done all the usual checks and you keep an eye out for any other changes in behaviour, it shouldn't be anything to worry about.

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Post by pepsilynn » 04 Jan 2011, 23:39

Hi
My name is Lynn and I am new to this site,we have 2 mini shnauzers Poppy and Millie, I have had a Miniature shnuazer "Pepsi" who became diabetic at 5yrs, but she also had other symptons as well as excessive drinking she lost weight,
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Post by Stacey100 » 05 Jan 2011, 12:38

Thanks guys,

No, not changed the food in the last 3/4 months, been on the same thing for well over a year now so can't be that, perhaps then it is just something that happens with age, will keep monitoring him then in case something changes but it is very odd, I am not sure where he is putting it all! lol.
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Post by Caramomo » 05 Jan 2011, 17:18

A friend has an old westie, Skippy. He has always been a big drinker, he can't help himself its like he is addicted to water. Fill a bowl and he will empty it. Fill it and he'll just keep on drinking. It is so bad that they let him have a drink about every two hours but the rest of the time there is no water down because Skippy cannot pass the bowl without emptying it, if he hears a tap run he is there for a drink. He has no related medical problems and the vet couldn't figure is out either, its just part of Skippy that he can drink for Britain. Not suggesting you limit his water but I agree with pastylover that sometimes thats just the way old dogs get.
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Post by hula-hoop » 05 Jan 2011, 18:29

^^^ Well I suppose there are worse things to be addicted to!!
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Post by Puffin » 16 May 2011, 15:54

Heny is 10 and has been drinking a great deal more than usual. Vet did all sorts of tests and he has raised liver enzymes so we had to stop his Metacam to see if they dropped. Going back tomorrow for follow up test. Just wondered if your boy was on Metacam.

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