questionswhy does our new pup drink so much water?

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@nmchapma: I do not know the answer but cute dogs.
The 2nd looks like you experimented and created 1 dog from 2.

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I don't have any answer for you but that is a very cute puppy. EDIT -- Yes, they are both cute!

He seems a little young to be diabetic and that is my only experience with pet illnesses.

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Maybe they are just thirsty...

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I recently just went through this with my new adopted boxer boy. We did all the UTI tests and everything and what it ended up being was Leptospirosis.... Its a pretty rare bacteria, but can be pretty severe if not caught early. Also its transmittable via urine to humans. I hope for your case its not what your pup has, mine are both on 6 week quarantine now :(

Here is info from the CDC, the lepto test from my vet was about $100 and took 3-4 days.
http://www.cdc.gov/leptospirosis/

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Good heavens, what a cutie!

You didn't mention if he's on any kind of medication at this time, so I'll assume he's not. I doubt dogs don't "get into a habit" of drinking too much. They're very self-regulating: they drink when they're thirsty and don't when they're not.

I'd have him checked for diabetes and perhaps Cushing's syndrome, both of which can cause excessive thirst. We've had dogs with both, which is why they come to mind first. (My dogs have helped a half dozen veterinarians put their kids through college.)

I like the petmd.com site for my initial research work, so I found these:

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/my-dog-always-thirsty

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/urinary/c_multi_polydipsia_polyuria

And this one is more detailed: http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/testing-for-increased-thirst-and-urination/385

Something seems to be wrong, so I'd suggest another trip to your dog's doctor.

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@magic cave: You beat me to my suggestions. I also wanted to add that years ago I had an Irish Wolfhound who I simply could not potty train, and I normally have no problem at all with that. It confounded me as she was a very bright and willing dog. Years later we discovered that she had kidney disease, which is why she was unable to control her bladder. That was hurtful as I'd punished her many times in puppyhood for accidents it turned out she'd had no control over. So you might want to ask the vet to look for that as well.

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Oh, my! Beautiful doggies! I miss mine so much!

Nothing to contribute on the thirstiness issue. You've gotten some great answers already. Just wanted to show some doggy love!

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This would be a common presentation for diabetes mellitus. Was there glucose(sugar) in his urine when they checked him for a UTI? It is pretty standard check on urinalysis, and may have already been performed unless your vet just did a urine culture. And, although not as common, dog's can also get diabetes insipidus, a condition where the dog cannot concentrate his urine, either due to a hormone (ADH) problem or kidney problem.

@magic cave suggestion about Cushing's is also an excellent suggestion. I'd also be concerned about Addison's as well. Both of these are adrenal glad type problems.

Best of luck finding out the problem.

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He has had a check up including blood work and 2 urinalysis. I believe those tests included checks for diabetes. The only thing that was wrong in the urinalysis was that there were a few crystals, those are gone now.

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@nmchapma: Just FYI, they didn't find any lepto in my pup's urinealysis. They had to do a very specific test for it (not sure if your VET did or not). We didn't catch it until 5 weeks after adoption... I had to sterilize EVERYTHING in the house and car.

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@petricore: Lepto would never have crossed my mind! I've heard of cats with it, but never dogs, and my brain just wouldn't think out of that box. The research I just did on it was pretty scary -- must be a real worry and nuisance in your home. Hope your furry kids are okay!

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@egoatlast: The Cushing's came to mind because one of my geriatric little poodles is on prednisone for on-going, misery-inducing skin allergies that have worsened as he's aged, and in the initial dosage testing days his water intake and output was significantly increased. Doc said it was Cushing's, and reducing the pred dosage pretty well resolved it.

(For those who might wonder about the wisdom of staying on prednisone: the little guy is almost 15 and the allergies had induced 24-hour scratching and chewing on his skin till he had raw patches. The doc agreed that at this point it's okay to look at quality of life issues even if the pred may affect his overall lifespan. With that in mind, he's now a much happier, more comfortable dog. I just try to stay focused on the "better" and try to ignore the "shorter" part. )

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Thanks for the answers everyone! I'm going to call and speak to the vet's office and find what all they tested for. I know it was a bit more than usual because of the conditions he was previously kept in.

BTW the pic of the stairs was not supposed to show up. I broke that step a few weeks ago when I slipped on the ice. It was kinda animated as both my feet went into the air and I fell straight on my back at the top and slid the rest of the way. It was almost comical...

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@magic cave: Toward the end of Topaz' battle with breast cancer, the only thing she would eat was canned tuna. I called my vet and asked if that was okay, and she tried to find a way to politely ask if under the circumstances did it really matter what she ate? I explained that I wasn't worried about nutritional value, I just wanted to know if five or six cans of tuna a day was going to make her sick. The vet said go for it, and so Topaz lived for about three weeks on just canned tuna and ice cubes till she was ready to go.

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@moondrake: It's good to know that our furry kids have good doctors, isn't it?

My favorite doc in a multi-doc practice is a few years older than I (ancient, in other words), really knows his stuff, is kind but upfront, and has my dog's best interests at heart. When I recently asked about a change in diet, he said, "Feed him whatever he likes." I still stick to as healthy a diet as I can with him (well, except for the occasional M&M), and do my best to keep him healthy in every way possible, but it's nice to know that he doesn't get his health care from an ideologue with rules about what's right or wrong for sick animals.

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@magic cave: Maggie, my 9 year old Border Collie, has severe allergies which make it pretty rough on a dog who belongs outside "herding" anything that moves in the backyard. She was on prednisone for quite some time until her stomach could no longer tolerate it.

My vet got her into a trial for a new drug called Apoquel. It doesn't cure the cause of the itching, but it does block it. I consider it her "miracle" drug. We had tried almost everything else and there just wasn't anything left to give her.

Apoquel is now available to the general public. It might be something to keep in mind if you run out of allergy drug options.

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@barnabee: OH, that's great news -- thank you for letting me know! I'll check with my vet the next time I see him.

I did a fast Google search to see if any known red flags popped up that would affect my dog specifically (and didn't find any) and found this, which may be of use to you, bad news though it is: http://skinvet.wordpress.com/ (Posted on February 5, 2014).

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Such a cutie. They all are. Sorry he's having some issues. Please let us know what happens with the vet.
Do you have a specialty hospital/clinic nearby ? If your regular vet can't find anything, it might be time to see an internal medicine specialist.

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I would definitely have the tests run that others suggested. I just wanted to share that my youngest (Loki) did that for about... 4-5 months and eliminated like he's got an invisible reservoir somewhere. He wasn't dehydrated, no issues with his tests, etc. he just drank and peed a ton. Then he grew out of it and began to self regulate at a more normal rate. So there's hope it's just a phase.

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I feel like I should also throw out there that only the top two are ours. The Basset and Boxer are my in-laws.

There are not four dogs in my home :-)

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I do hope that either he grows out of it, or the vet finds something treatable. You pom looks exactly like mine, except for color: mine is white. He gives me that same look when he is sleeping and I wake him up.

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@nmchapma: I wondered about that. OTOH, four would make such a lovely, lively little herd.

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@magic cave: Yep, we experienced an Apoquel shortage in February. In fact, Maggie was down to her last 2 pills. But it looks like the supply line is now opening up a bit.

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@caffeine_dude: Isn't that how all dogs are created? ;-)

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@nmchapma: LOL. I wanted to upvote that twice. Does his notable absence from the discussion mean we have lost @nortonsark?

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@moondrake: I was wondering that also. He's only posted a handful of times in the last three months, so perhaps we've lost another old-timer. Or maybe he's just busy this week. I hope it's only the latter.

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@magic cave: Looks like we share a hater :-) They down voted my puppy :-o

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@nmchapma: I think of it as similar to laving a bit of toilet tissue stuck to my shoe.

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We took our dog to the vet a couple months ago because she was drinking more water than normal. The vet ran some tests but suggested that it could just be because the house was very dry (in the middle of winter).