How much water-Diabetes?
I have a question about how much water he needs. I took him to my parents'
home over the holidays and they were astonished about how much water he
drinks. Our family Maltese (who is almost three years old) does not drink
half as much as the new four-month old puppy drinks in a day. I have
noticed that my puppy drinks alot of water but I have just assumed that it
is due to the fact that he is a growing, happy and active puppy. My
parents, on the otherhand, thought it is quite unusual and thinks that might
be a clue as to why he urinates so much (true!) and they think I should
limit his access to water. I am not sure if that is the right move
though...I have seen about four different veternarians over the past three years and they have all told me that a dog must always have fresh, clean water at hand at all times.
When my first Maltese was a puppy, he was hospitalized for dehydration as a
result of not having access to water for too long a period. This new puppy
was demanding water so badly (he would hit the dish whenever it was empty)
that I went out and bought him one of those gallon size water reservoirs. I
fill that thing every five to seven days. Should I consider limiting his water intake?
This next question may also be ridiculous: My dad is a diabetic and he has
suggested getting the puppy's blood sugar tested since that over-excessive
thirst was a clue to his diagnosis of diabetes. Sounds a little crazy, but
prompts me to ask, can dogs suffer from diabetes?
- My maltese drinks lots of water, too. I have bowls of water on
all three levels of the house. I haven't much worried about it,
but, of course, she isn't peeing everywhere either!
As to your question about diabetes in dogs. My mom (who also has
diabetes)always says the same thing about the water. I thought
she was just a little over the mark, but in fact, dogs DO get
diabetes. I used to live in an apartment building where one of
the residents had two dogs from the same litter (not maltese) and
both had diabetes. One, actually lost its eyesight to the disease.
Both dogs were old at the time, but he told me diabetes was not
an uncommon ailment in the dog world. So maybe you should have
your baby checked out, just in case.
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