Hi, I'm brand new to this website but I have been reading other discussions for a while now--I know that sometimes when you ask a 'captain obvious' question you get a little bit ridiculed so I hope this isn't the case! My 10 week old shih tzu is drinking water like he has never seen it before! He is so desparate he will even lick the grass or our toilet for condensation! I am a bit paranoid because we have only had him for 10 days and he already was tested positive for mites in his ears and coccidia in his feces, so I am afraid there is more wrong with him. Any advice or suggestions? Thanks in advance!
if this is as you say, I would take him in for some tests.It could be a sign of diabetes or kidney problems. I know you have already formed a bond with this puppy, but if he does test positive for either of these, please return him to the breeder and select another puppy, these are lifelong conditions that require a committment to care. good luck
kidney/diabetic issues are the first things that pop into my mind, however it could just be that you switched him over to a different (perhaps cheaper?) brand of dog food and it's more salty then what he was used to.
Canine Hepitis, which sadly effects mostly younger dogs can couse increased thirst.
Ditto what the others said. I have a Lhasa Apso, and when I first got him, he was drinking a lot too. I read in a book that these breeds have a tendency for kidney problems, and one of the symptoms is excessive drinking. Luckily, my guy doesn't have any kidney problems thus far.
Also, this may seem ridiculous, but is he/she really drinking a lot, or just going through water fast? One of the things with my dog was that when he would drink, his beard absorbed the whole bowl, so I was refilling his bowl several times a day.
Thank you everyone for your input- I will have to take him in for bloodwork. I am hoping that I am just being paranoid and maybe he isn't really consuming as much water as it seems. He does have a shaggy face so maybe he is getting a lot on his fur too. He is just such a sweet dog, so full of energy and it would kill me if something was seriously wrong with him (kidney problems). What sort of lifestyle would I be looking at for this puppy if he did end up with kidney problems?
did the breeder give him preventative albon treatments?...this prevents coccidia.doesn't sound like the end of the world....i bought a shih-tzu 5 years ago...she has always drank a lot of water....hasn't had any kidney problems yet...ear mites r no big deal..and the breeder can't treat them before the puppy is 12 weeks old..ear mite med is 5 dollars at wal-mart...consider yourself lucky.
we were feeding him nutro-max but as of last night we started feeding him royal canin and he seems to love it. is this a good brand? I got a sample pack of both royal canin and wellness and I don't know which one is better. i am going to the pet store today and i'm not sure yet which one to get.
Royal Canin is a good brand. If you are just feeding dry you can add a little canned to it. Not much maybe a teaspoon or two but make sure it is the same food brand. If you feed dry roayl canin then the wet should be royal canin. The wet contains moisture so it has some benefit to hydrate to body a little, but give more dry then canned to help the teeth. Canned can be good for the body, but also can be bad for the teeth if that's all he is eating. How is his drinking?
well i am hoping with the switch of food his drinking will be less often. i read somewhere that shih tzu's should drink 1 oz of water per pound they weigh. well, he weighs 3 pounds so is he only suppose to drink 3 oz of water a day?? that doesn't seem like a lot at all to me!
i will get some wet food and try that approach as well. i just don't want to get him hooked on that too - the good news is he loves to eat, and i've read that dogs with RD tend to not have much of an appetite, just a thirst.
Schoolbus gal, I don't understand, I have seen this several times(not just your posts) and I still don't understand. When you purchase a dog aren't you making a committment to that pup to take care of him/her no matter what, kinda like a marriage, thru good times and bad times, in sickness and in health till death. I don't understand returning him/her to the breeder, if the purchaser is afraid of something being wrong shouldn't they have the pup checked out before buying and even then I am sure the vet can not guarantee nothing will develope. I am not trying to start an arguement, I just truly don't understand.
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i agree with codys mom....everone who buys a puppy..expects this living creature to be absolute perfection when it leaves and for some time to follow...if the slightest thing is wrong..earmites,yeast in ears, they r on the breeders back...there are no perfect puppies or perfect human babies...how many human babies get ear infections?..jaundice?..ect.