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A case of diabetes insipidus

Hi All,

Oscar here.

I'd venture to guess most of you have had one of those days where you just can't drink enough water. Whether it's because you ate something salty, it's warm out, you had a really intense workout, or any other number of reasons, sometimes your thirst just can't be quenched.

Just like us, dogs get really thirsty at times as well, sometimes for the same reasons as the above but in other cases, their thirst is inexplicable. Last week for instance a 14-year old Westie named Gracie came into the PPAC with a concerned parent saying that she had been drinking—and peeing—non-stop. But without any of the aforementioned being the apparent cause.

Now, when a dog presents with these symptoms, it can be because of any number of reasons—kidney disease, liver issues, diabetes and on and on. To find out what was the actual source, Dr. S. took some urine and bloodwork which showed that the pooch’s urine was very dilute. Next step was to find out why and so Dr.S. put Gracie on something called a water deprivation test where her owner basically would have to withhold water and food for 12 hours and then test the first morning urine to see if it’s concentrated. This process revealed that Gracie’s urine was very diluted and Dr. S. diagnosed her with diabetes insipidus.

Next the doc had to figure out why Gracie got diabetes and after some further tests, he found out that she was suffering from a lack of a hormone called vasopressin. This imbalance was easily rectified by using eye drops to administer the missing hormone into the pooch.

Hopefully, Gracie’s balance will return and she’ll be on the mend in no time. 

Til' next time, 

Oscar

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