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03-20-2014 01:48 PM
ApselBear Well if he is still going number 1 on a regular schedule and number 2 is normal, I would guess he is either throwing the excess up. Unless other signs show up, my guess is currently leaning towards Shaolin's experience that the dog is just gorging and vomiting it all out and therefor doesn't satisfy the thirst properly and comes back for a refill. Again, jmo. A vet check just to double check everything is always an excellent idea if you can afford it.
03-20-2014 12:28 PM
Galathiel I will say that my pup drinks a lot (not that much though). However, like in the diagram a LOT is on the floor. He has loose lips and water goes everywhere! Blech.
03-20-2014 10:45 AM
wolfstraum He needs to be examined by a vet, and blood drawn for the sugar levels for diabetes.....dogs who are diabetic are generally easy to manage.

03-20-2014 10:20 AM
counter And just to be proactive, and possibly start preventative maintenance:

1. How do dogs get diabetes and/or the liver shunt disease?

2. What steps can I take to get rid of them, if any?

None of my other 3 dogs have any health problems. The last thing I need with Ozi is a dog with major problems.
03-20-2014 10:16 AM
counter Thanks for the replies. Ozi is currently on a kibble diet. I will be switching him to 100% raw as soon as I get him on March 28th. I don't see him peeing any more than normal. I don't see him being possessive either. I will monitor him closely once I have him all to myself, and will see if there are positive or negative changes. He is slightly underweight, but I'm going to give him a lot of raw to help put some weight on. We are also going to exercise daily to build up his muscle. I hope he doesn't have diabetes or liver shunts like was mentioned.
03-19-2014 07:34 PM
Originally Posted by Courtney View Post
Good suggestions in this thread.

Raw fed dogs tend to drink less water than dogs fed kibble. The kibble makes them more thirsty. Any difference in diet? I will say however that's a ton of water he's chugging kibble fed or not.
Yes, we definitely noticed this with our dog.
03-19-2014 07:34 PM
Gretchen Do you think because this dog is new to the household he wants to feel like the water is his, maybe possesive? Our female did this at the dog park, I know she was not thirsty, something about being around other dogs, and she also did this when we'd have a GSD meetup with several other dogs present.

If not this, then what ApselBear mentioned should be looked into, total input and total output of water. In diabetes there would initially be an increased appetite and maybe weight loss too.
03-19-2014 07:31 PM
Courtney Good suggestions in this thread.

Raw fed dogs tend to drink less water than dogs fed kibble. The kibble makes them more thirsty. Any difference in diet? I will say however that's a ton of water he's chugging kibble fed or not.
03-19-2014 05:43 PM
ApselBear Any time a dog is increasing water intake due to disease, I'd expect an increase in frequency and amount of urination. If he isn't showing this increase, maybe he is possibly running out and throwing up the water and you just haven't caught him doing this yet. He may be just oddly chugging too much like Shaolin's pup.
Either way, if the increase in water is alarming to you, then your best bet is to consult a vet to properly rule out anything medical.
03-19-2014 05:28 PM
lovemygirl I think this can be a symptom of liver shunt disease (portosystemic shunts) and of course diabetes as already mentioned.
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