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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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What is wrong with shiggs?

We noticed a problem with shiggs about a year ago, she drinks non stop and then leaks pee all the day long. We took her to the vet some time ago with this problem and he took her blood and pee sample and told us that she was a healthy dog and we had nothing to worry about, he also said that because she had no bladder infection the reason for the leaky urine was spay incontinence. OKay so not very long ago she had issues with water bowl agro, well we put a stop to that by adding an extra bowl (glass not metal) and she hogs the metal bowls and leaves the glass ones (she will drink all the water from that one too) to tyson and dex. She will go outside and drink every drop if we dont stop her then will go downstairs and drink every drop, i even caught her busting thru the bathroom door to drink the toilet water this is driving me insane. I have started to just crate her with her own bowl so dex and tyson dont dehydrate. Then she proceeds to pee everywere it will just freely drip out of her and she has no idea that she is leaving a pee trail, or laying in it, i clean her bedding and crate almost everyday because of it. We walk them for a last go around 7 30pm then they have a drink and go for one last pee, then she proceeds to go to bed and still leak all night. I dont want to be a water nazi with her but its really driving me mad. Do i need to get her tested for something specific? or is she just having to constantly replenish herself because it leaves her so quickly, in a water out a water. Anyone have any suggestions?

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How old is she?

Random thoughts - Cushing's disease, diabetes, kidney...or maybe a OCD type of behavior.

Poor girl. Hope you get answers soon.
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How's her coat and skin - healthy in appearance?
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Not sure on the age, (rescue dog) coat is good and skin has never had any problems, she is not shedding in abundance or scratching.

OCD never crossed my mind because other then the water she is pretty happy.

She has a annual check up not far from now, i will bring up cushings and diabetes have them check kidney function. Thanks
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Our newest was diagnosed with Diabetes Insipidus when we first got him. It basically means that the dog can't use water stored in the body, but has to constantly drink in order to meet the requirements of daily living. He had the exact symptoms you are describing.

If this is your dog's problem, it would be very dangerous to restrict her water intake.

Fortunately for our guy, this diagnosis was incorrect and he was "just" severely dehydrated from being deprived of adequate water most of his young life.

Maybe you should ask your vet about that problem, or some type of diabetes issue?

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@Pawsed,

I will talk to the vet about that, i know she was a rescue and she probably did not live the easy life but this coming october she will have been with us for two solid years of routine, steady flow of food and water.
Poor girl will have to start wearing her diapers again,
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Best of luck with her. I hope it's something simple and that she will recover quickly.
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I was thinking diabetis insepidus also. The reason I even know about that is because my girl did the same thing. It was diagnosed as spay incontenence and we tried Proin but didn't help and caused terrrible side effects. I ended up taking her off it and putting her in a diaper. Vet wanted to run some tests that were not very pleasant sounding and the medicine for it was outrageous. I elected to just go with the diapers but she has since stopped drinking gallons like she used to. Not sure really why the change but my first thought was she was put on a raw diet about two years ago and seemed to slowly improve over time.

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you are on the city water -- she may have a reaction to fluoride and chlorine in the water --- take a 5 gallon empty water container up to the Chalk Lake spring (Lakeridge rd) and give her this water - with a few grains of Celtic sea salt and a few drops of some acidifier , lemon juice or Braggs natural apple cider vinegar . The water will be more absorbable. If the dog drinks too much she will disturb her electrolyte balance .

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Omg that water is the best! K I will get andrew to grab skme when he is done in the forest to see if that helps.

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