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Q. My Dalmation is twelve and a half. She has been loosing weight and has an uncontrollable thirst, so is using the house as her toilet, shall we say?

A. Many diseases cause excessive thirst and excessive urination. Figuring out what is going on with your dog starts with determining whether she's urinating excessively PRIMARILY, which is causing her to drink more, OR if she's drinking more primarily, which is causing her to urinate more. In general, causes of these signs include metabolic disease (diabetes and Cushing's disease), cancer (lymphoma, anal sac adenocarcinoma), kidney disease (including infection in the kidneys or kidney failure due to a number of causes), liver failure, If you'd like to tell us more specific information please request a consult with one of our veterinarians.

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DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

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A. Its time for a check up with your vet. Uncontrollable thirst can indicate illness. Drinking lots means you have to go lots. She may not mean to have accidents in the house but she likely just can't help it either. Hopefully your vet can make a diagnosis and medication will help and side effects of what is going on.

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