I need some opinions from all you coton de tulear owners/breeders

by Suzan
(Mesquite Nevada)

My little girl Cotton is 3 1/2 yrs old I've had her since she was 12 weeks old she's a hyper dog and alwsys in the play mode which isn't an issue for me. She's been on a grain free dry food for the past year thinking it would help with allergies.

I don't know if this is an issue or not that's why I'm asking for help to see if anyone can tell me what they think.

Cotton drinks a lot of water at least 2 big bowls a day. She goes through 2- 16oz water bottles everyday. Then of course she has to urinate at least 6 times within 5 hrs. I realize drinking a lot of water you go to the bathroom but this is something new she never drank as much water as she is now.

They say drinking water is a good thing but I don't know if it's a good thing for dogs to drink a lot of water. Or is this a sign something might be going on with her and this maybe a symptom that something maybe be wrong with her kidney's or she could be diabetic or even have a urinary issue. I don't know what to think. Cotton eats her food everyday I should say inhales her food she gets a cup a day & then a few treats later. She doesn't get people food. She is still playful and doesn't act like there is something wrong.

Am I over reacting? Or should I take her to the vet for test? I appreciate any help anyone can give me.

Suzan Rango
Mesquite NV

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Nov 12, 2012
Drinks a lot of water
by: Suzan Mesquite NV

Thank you all for your comments they were very helpful. My little Cotton is fine and as far as drinking a lot of water the vet says two 16oz bottles of water in a day isn't a bad thing and of course she will urinate more then normal. I guess I over reacted but I'm glad all is good with her.
Thanks again for everyone's response.

Nov 11, 2012
dog drinks a lot
by: iris Miller

My dog drinks a lot once in a while. I think more when the heater is on, or in summer when it's hot, and when he eats a lot.(he usually doesn't eat much his food and treats are dry, and the chicken jerky he likes makes him thirsty too), he grazes, like me. but winter is here and he seems to be fattening up for the cold both eating and drinking have increased.
I would certainly take my dog to the vet for a check up and a blood test. Better safe than sorry.
best regards,
Iris & Tuffy

Nov 10, 2012
Excessive Drinking
by: Jolie's Mom

I would get her checked for Diabetes. I had a poodle who had it and I did have to give her a shot once a day, but the needles are very small and i would massage her before and after, so she didn't think it was a big deal. If your baby DOES have diabetes, you will have to watch very carefully, if she needs to have any procedures done, where she will need to fast from the night before. My poodle, Jojo, had her teeth cleaned and it was late in the afternoon when she was ready to go home. by the time we got home, she started to go into a diabetic coma (passed out, lost body function control, would not respond to anything) and I panicked, not having been through the experience before. I called my Vet, who told me to get honey, hold her head straight while holding her on her back, in my lap and pour some down her throat. Since the honey just slid down her throat and she really didn't have to swallow it, she revived almost instantly. I always kept the honey in the little bear, which has an opening that is easy to pour from. I have also told my Mom-in-law (who is also diabetic)to keep small packets of honey in her purse, instead of candy, because if she starts to pass out, it is easier to get the honey in her and it works much faster.

Nov 10, 2012
by: Vicky & Jonah (Az)

Jonah is 4.5 I would not consider him hyper yet he luvs to play, walk & go to the dog park but he will just hang if its a hanging kind of day. I just went & measured the water I put into his dish which I refresh twice a day. It holds 4 cups so which means he drinks approx. 2 16 oz bottles a day. I feel this is normal in comparison to all my others dogs I have ever had.

In a 24 hr day if they pee every 4 hrs which is 6 times I feel this is also normal. For some reason we feel when a dog holds it for 8 hrs. its great but is it humane.

Also just a thought on allergy medicine. I have allergies yet do not take medicine all the time. When my dog starts to scratch I 1st get out the brush & thinning scissors & usually find a jagger or dead grass he's picked up somewhere in a mat or just caught in his fur.

Also as a word of caution certain times during the yr their is more sap on the ground from pine trees so please check between the toes often since it will ball up in the fur which can result in limping.

Once the jagger is out the scratching stops. Now here in AZ we do not have fleas or ticks. But growing up PA I understand them all to well on our pets.

As far as a dog being hyper I think alot has to do w/living situation or events, also they say dogs r like people depending on month born (Jonah is a Sagittarius LOL). When our granddaughter comes ovr Jonah is in 7th heaven since more activity goes on & he has a diff. light in his step whereas when it is Jeff & I he waits for me to go for the frizbee, ball or call out walk or park.

I think we know when something is off w/our pets just like our kids & I think sometimes we talk ourselves into worry. I cannot give advice on weather u should go to the vet but I hope this is just taken as a perspective. Let us know.

Nov 10, 2012
take her to vet
by: Sue

How is her weight? Her activity level?
Definitely take her to vet. This sounds like it could be as simple as a UTI or as chronic as diabetes. Get her checked out to be sure. Maybe buy pet insurance before getting a chronic diagnosis??? There is a waiting period after purchase to rule out pre-existing conditions.

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