Q. My dog is a fit healthy 5 year old entire Lab, and I wonder about his drinking copious amounts of water. He also is very itchy often around the groin

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A. If he is drinking an excessive amount of water then he should be examined by a veterinarian for a work-up. He could have an infection, kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, thyroid issue, or Cushing's disease. Your vet can run labwork to help diagnose and treat the problem. As for the itch, he could have an allergy and need an antihistamine.

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