MY 17 year old jack russells is drinking lots of water what could it be

by jason
(west australia)

I love him to bits i no that hes really old and i will probably be losing him soon because of his old age :( hope it will be in his sleep in his bed as he dreams peacefully....but back to what worries me he drinks lots of water some times all in one go and yet when he dose this he has not been running round or eating too much dry food.... he still in joys his walks and seems in good nick for his age as old age has hit him he sleep a fair bit each day oh one stage he kept panting a lot for no reason but that seems to have not happened for a few months now ....i am not shore if this is some thing or not but some times he will go out side and it seem like hes forgotten why he went out or is a bit lost i am near shore he cant hear well and cant see very well ether (the hearing and cant seeing thing is due to age) but the acting lost part new ...i call them toby moments at this point because thats his name and its his own little thing...any idears on the drinking ?

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Mar 10, 2017
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I have a 17 year old Jack drinking lots of water too. NEW
by: Anonymous

It's been going on for maybe a year and a half now. The first vet told me she had a mental problem and nothing medically wrong. A year later some bloodwork revealed a high thyroid level. Now we see there is a mass on her throat and she is coughing some. We suspect a tumor and it could have spread to her lungs. Excessive thirst is an indicator, but we didn't know because a tumor on the thyroid is rare in dogs.

I know the original post was long ago, but I thought I share this for others searching for answers.

May 05, 2012
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Excessive water consumption
by: JAC

Hi,
Please update us when you have the time and let us now how your dog is doing. We really do care and would love to know that they are doing alright.
JAC

May 01, 2012
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Excessive water consumption
by: JAC

First let me say that you have obviously done a wonderful job raising your dog and giving it the best of care. Age takes it's toll on all living things.
A few things come to mind when I think of excess water consumption:
1. endocrine imbalances- thyroid, adrenal glands, Addison's disease, diabetes
2. kidney disease, inability to concentrate urine so enough nutrients and water are not being returned to the blood system that passes thru the kidneys to hydrate and nourish the body. If the urine just passes through the kidney without the kidneys concentrating it and just excreting the waste, then the body gets dehydrated and calls for more water.
3. In diabetes if the blood sugar gets high in the blood circulating the body then the body calls for more water to dilute out the high levels of sugar(glucose) in the blood to try and bring it back to normal levels. Therefore increased thirst.
It's promising that your dog is acting healthy except what is normal in old age, senility, gradually slowing down, arthritis, forgetting where they're going and why, loss of hearing and sight.
I would take your dog for a routine check up and some blood work. I know that your dog is 17, but sometimes problems can be corrected with diet and medication. Please keep the faith.
Just continue to love your dog and do what's best for him. He's obviously means the world to you and you to him.
Good luck and let us know how it goes. We do care.

Apr 30, 2012
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Water
by: Deborah

I really do not think there is anything wrong with a dog drinking alot of water.It is very good for them and I have 2 boy Jacks myself but they do not seem to be drinking an over abundance of water I would check with your vet first.Unless he seems to be deydrated in anyway.

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