i have an older lhasa and i cant seem to keep her coat nice(mats all the time) and i have to watch her around water cause she will drink and drink and drink..... and even when i try and limit her when she does drink she shakes bad for about 10min or so.the vets around here want a ton of money just to check her.i thought maybe she was just old and had blood sugar probs. shes playfull sometimes and sometime she just lays around or begs for water any ideas please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. THANKS.....
I think your dog may be diabetic, or has some sort of liver problem. You need to get her to the vet. My mother has a Lahsa Apso, and her coat gets matted too. You just need to get her groomed every two weeks. The money is worth it, because with the symptoms she is showing, you could loose your dog. Blood sugar problems are very seroius. She definatley has some sort of diabetic or liver problem.
diabetic,liver, pancrease, thyroid, anemia etc....Very likely could be one of these (with presenting symptoms)could be something else entirely!..... All of these can be very serious medical issues if left untreated, and need to be evaluated by your vet. Seems your little girl has been a part of your family for many years and she deserves the medical evaluation. I feel for you in regards to the monetary issues, I know how costly vets can be (I'm a tech!) Maybe you could ask your vet to work out a payment plan (some still do this)if not, maybe suggest they run a complete blood panel ONLY (should run you about $60.00 to $75.00) to see if that turns up anything unusual, then go from there. You can also try researching animal medical insurance. Believe it or not, some companies even cover pre-existing conditions! That may be a great option for you, your vet can probably even steer you in the direction of a few. Good luck with the little one, I hope she does well and gives you many more years of companionship and love Ü
Hi there. If you're having problems with her coat, she could also have thyroid issues, especially if she gets really matted and has balding spots. If she has to urinate a lot, this could also be an indication of diabetes. I've seen a lot of dogs that mat a lot, and it's because of the particular kind of hair they have. Shih Tzus, Lhasas, English Setters, English Cockers, and others tend to get matted really easily. You'll want to brush her every day (as you probably know), but you'll also want to follow up the brushing with a metal comb. After her bath, follow up with a good conditioner and comb her out with a metal comb while she's still wet. A lot of people think they brush a dog out really well, then they go to wash it and find out it has more mats. After brushing her out, put your hands on her, and feel the coat all over for mats. It helps me to close my eyes and really concentrate on this when checking over a dog. Giving them baths without brushing out first is a big no no. Places where they mat the most - behind ears, under the legs, on the belly, and on the legs are the best place to start with your slicker brush and metal comb. If the dog gets upset while you're brushing or combing, you can also try Johnson's no more tangles Strawberry spray for kids (at any store), then comb out the dog. Hold the hair with one hand, then pick at it slowly to get the mats out. Instead of raking and pulling through (remember when your mom used to do that to your hair? That really hurts!!!) If you're having trouble paying, get your dog some veterinary insurance. You can get an application at almost any vet. That'll be a lot cheaper than paying for expensive tests. They sometimes have monthly or quarterly rates, so you can manage your payments better. Hope this helps some. Lynne Schlumpf Doggie Day Spa Grooming Chugiak, Alaska
No dog should have to beg for water, thats a necessity of life.She probly has a illness or disease that you need diagnosed.Her body is responding to the illnesss by drinking. Bloodwork at the least should be done then she hopefully will get the treatment that she needs.By leaving it and not seeking treatment you could be sentencing her eventual death.As to her coat either maintain her coat on a regular (daily) basis or have her coat kept short, she didn't ask to have long hair.Its your responsibility to take care of her.