First, I’m not asking for medical advice. The canine in question has been seen by a vet, and will be seen again tomorrow. I’m looking for possible diagnoses so I can be prepared. (If this really belongs in IMHO, mod please feel free to move.)
The dog is a Pekingese, male, neutered, about 9 years old. A bit overweight, and large for the breed.
Symptoms are these: He drinks a lot of water, and has to urinate a LOT. He used to be content with twice a day. Appetite has decreased and he seems less active; although he has his occasional bouts of friskiness that are shorter than previously. He was having some bowel problems – diarrhea followed by straining without result. He’s been put on a bland diet, more frequent small meals of boiled hamburger (all grease and broth strained off) or chicken, mixed with white rice. The bowel problems don’t seem as bad today. The vet took a urine sample, and the urine was very dilute. A stool sample and second urine sample has also been provided. Results are not in on the stool sample; urine sample is pretty much the same, a little bit less dilute. Dog is going back for further evaluation tomorrow, as I said.
What kinds of ailments could this be? I’m guessing anything from a stomach virus that will go away in time, to some fatal ailment that will break all our hearts.
I’m hoping there’s a vet or other knowledgeable person that can give me a clue as to what the reality might be.