Q. My 10 years female Shih Tzu is drinking much more water than normally but she doesn't urinate more? Should I be concerned?
DR. LEIGH PUSATERI, DVM
A. It would be a good idea to have her examined by a veterinarian to have a senior work up. Your vet can run bloodwork to screen for diseases that commonly occur as dogs age. Kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, and Cushing's disease are examles of diseases that are common in older dogs and cause an increase in drinkng and urinating. It is always a good idea to have senior blood work done so that your veterinarian has a baseline to compare in the future, espcially since your dog seems to be drinking more than normal. Your vet can also look at a urine specifica gravity to evaluate the concentration the the urine.