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Old 09-15-2010, 08:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Help! Dog drinking a lot and peeing even more! Tests neg.

I need help. My 7 year old is drinking an awful lot of water (to the point he can hardly hold it to go outside) and peeing a LOT when he is finally able to. I know the common causes of this -- I took him to the vet last week for a urinanalysis, exam and full blood panel and the results came back not only OK, but GOOD. The vet told me he is super healthy!! What could be causing him to drink a ton of water and pee a lot that would not come up on standard tests? (I got a full blood profile or whatever, it was really expensive).

He is a little OCD, the weather is changing, we have a new neighbor moving in in the next apartment over, I was gone for weeks and then returned in mid-August but this has only really been happening for about 2 weeks. Any thoughts? He is not lethargic, there is no change in behavior, he is just drinking too much and peeing a lot once I get him outside (he's peed in the house three times now and he NEVER has done that before).

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Old 09-15-2010, 08:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd look into the food or treats you feed him (but mostly the food).

Certain types of kibbles will make a dog drink more than normally.

I suspect ToTW kibbles has that effect on Valant...at the park,he gulps 2 litres of water in about 45 minutes...wasnt like that back when he was on the crappy science diet.
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I feed them Blue Buffalo Senior. I've been feeding it for months now and have never had a problem. They don't really get any treats at all; they have been eating the charcoal/grill chunks off the ground from after we make burgers and stuff on the grill. Perhaps there is a lot of salt/grease in that or the charcoal is drying him out? I can't think of what else could cause this.
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Have you changed the food = new food more salty? What did the vet actually check? Have you had kidnies and liver checked? Has it been tested for diabetes?
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Yes, he has been tested for diabetes. Liver and kidney functions were included in the panel, I was told. She said it could be hypothyroidism or something but otherwise she said maybe he just caught a bug and hasn't felt good... but wouldn't he be tired/acting differently? He's been eating, running around, playing outside, happy to see us when we get home. The Blue Buffalo food I bought last week did look slightly different than the previous bags but my other dog has not had a problem. From what I can find out about Blue they have really healthy food -- they like it more than the Nutro Ultra they were getting before.
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Well I don’t really know what it could be. If your dog has just recently started drinking large amounts of water then that is normally an indication that something is wrong. Why do you let it eat charcoal? Did the issue start after that or has it always been eating charcoal?

If your dog continues drinking more than normal then you may want to consider a second opinion and visit another vet. “Older” dogs can develop kidney and or liver problems.
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Hi - There was a thread on here about the Blue Buffalo Chicken dog food possibly causing vitamin D toxicosis. This would cause increased thirst and copious amounts of dilute urine output.

The articles I have found online have said that once the food is switched, the problem usually resolves within a day.

I would highly recommend switching foods until this mess is sorted out with Blue Buffalo.

If you wanted to know for sure if the food is affecting your dog, the vet would have to run a very specific blood test that detects calcium levels in the blood. Increased calcium levels can cause problems with the heart and kidneys over time.

I hope things work out for you.
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Hi - There was a thread on here about the Blue Buffalo Chicken dog food possibly causing vitamin D toxicosis. This would cause increased thirst and copious amounts of dilute urine output.

The articles I have found online have said that once the food is switched, the problem usually resolves within a day.

I would highly recommend switching foods until this mess is sorted out with Blue Buffalo.

If you wanted to know for sure if the food is affecting your dog, the vet would have to run a very specific blood test that detects calcium levels in the blood. Increased calcium levels can cause problems with the heart and kidneys over time.

I hope things work out for you.
AHHH!! OK -- this is very helpful. THANK YOU! I am going to switch them both immediately and call the company.
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Hi - There was a thread on here about the Blue Buffalo Chicken dog food possibly causing vitamin D toxicosis. This would cause increased thirst and copious amounts of dilute urine output.
Roccosmom hit the nail on the head! I was going to say the same thing.. Then read her post. Here is a link to the information

VIN News

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Recently, her two-year-old Australian shepherd became lethargic, releasing copious amounts of extremely dilute urine throughout her house and drinking large amounts of water. Heeding the red flags, she tested the dog’s blood and noted elevated calcium levels and a low platelet count.
Another article
Pet Connection Blog Blue Buffalo dog food may be linked to serious illness
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Yep, I read the whole article. Called my vet, and she told me to switch them both to Wellness, to call Blue Buffalo and do NOT feed them any more of that food! I called PetSmart and the manager said "oh, I'm sure they'll tell us when there is a problem." Yeah right. Unfortunately PetSmart is the only pet store near me.

Thankfully I can take the Blue Buffalo back for a refund. Already ran home and fed Tobe some salmon and apple sauce and let him outside. I hope this works. I am SO ANGRY that NO ONE has done anything about this yet!! Thank you all SO MUCH for this information.
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