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An unquenchable thirst

Hi All,

Oscar here. Remember a few weeks ago when I told a strange but true story about a cat whose liver was in its chest? Well, this weeks story is another strange but true tale. A dog came into the PPAC who wouldnt drink water! It sounds crazy, right? Who doesnt want/need water? Unlike the recent tabloid sensation/human barbie doll, Valeria Lukyanova who claims to be able to live off of air and light alone, most humans and animals alike cannot live without food and water. And this dog was sadly no exception.

So this pooch comes into the PPAC feeling pretty poorly-hes shaking, not eating and pretty trermor-y. Dr. Silverman asked the standard battery of questions. Has the dog been:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Vomitting
  • Diarrhea-ing
  • Drinking excessively
  • Urinating excessively

The dogs parents said the pooch was vomitting a bit, but more noteworthy was the fact that he hadnt been drinking and in fact, had a history of not drinking. Dr. S. took the dogs blood levels and saw that the sodium level was through the roof. He was also massively dehydrated. Dr S. put him on fluids to try to flush the salt from his body and regulate his levels. Now heres the sad part. Sometimes, if elevated salt levels are brought down too quickly, the sodium can accumulate in various places in the body—such as the brain—as was this case with this pooch. The salt in his brain caused it to swell which in turn caused a seizure.

Dr. S. obviously researched this conundrum of a health malady a bit and found out that the affectation was caused by a malfunction in the thirst center of his brain—in plain English, the dogs Im thirsty trigger didnt work and he never felt the urge to drink. As aforementioned, dogs NEED water to survive so when the owners noticed their pooch had this chronic habit of not consuming water, they would trick him by putting his food into a bowl of water—at least that way, he could get some water into his body. However, after a long history of not drinking, poor health and now, his recent seizure, his parents decided to put the poor guy out of his misery and put him to sleep.

Its sad when things like this happen and theres not a whole lot that can be done to reverse the situation.

And on that sad note, Im going to go cry in my litter.

Til next time,

Oscar

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