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    Hi All - i posted on here recently about Bluebell being rushed to the vet, turns out she has pancreastitis (think i spelt that wrong), for which she is on a special food (hills i/d). The reason i am writing here is because she seems to drink a lot of water, especially compared to Lottie who really doesn't drink very much. They have a big bowl of water down all day and i lift the water bowl at about 7pm, she will then sit out in the kitchen and bark and bark for a drink, i have just let her have another drink (now 7.45pm) and then she will probably be out there barking at 9pm. I let her have a drink because i don't like to think that she is thirsty, but the problem is then that she wee's in her bed at night. My dad has diabetes so i know that a symptom is excessive thirst, and the vet did mention about diabetes could be a possibilty in her future if her pancreas gets worse. The thing is she doesn't drink a little, its great big gulps and she just drinks and drinks....

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    I would recommend getting her back to the vet right away, Emma. I do not think water should be withheld from a thirsty dog -- if she is wetting it could be due to a spay, it could be her meds, it could be many things. But I truly doubt she should be denied water and it may actually make her condition worse if she is not given water as she needs it.

    You can get incontinence panties for dogs -- many use them with oldies at night. Or I'd just get vetbed and wash it daily if she has peed in the night. But she needs to see the vet as excessive thirst can indicate a range of issues, and at the very least, I'd get the vet's advice on rationing water as I think that could be potentially dangerous or at least, be making things very uncomfortable for her.

    Good luck and let us know what the vet says. There are many here with experience of pancreatitis who might be able to advise too. Nicki knows a lot about this for example.
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    Karlin's right, you should NEVER withold water unless on medical advice.

    You need to get her back to the vets - pancreatitis on its own doesn't cause excess drinking - but you are right in that diabetes can cause that. There could be lots of reasons so you do need to get Bluebell checked over by the vets.

    You can use wee wee pads or incontinence pants - pekeatzurescue don't seem to make them anymore but I've just found some on E-bay


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    My old girl Belle was diabetic for 3 and a half years.
    When she was unstable she would drink and drink and also pee herself. She also every so often go into a hypo (would act drunk)
    Hope you get some answers soon.

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    Poor Bluebell. Yep, I'd get her back to the vet and make sure she's not having a medical problem. Shelby drinks twice as much as Jake. She always goes to get one last drink of water before going to bed. She will also wet the bed, couch, whatever if she drinks too much so I have to make sure she gets out plenty to potty. Hope Bluebell is okay.
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    Hope the i/d is helping Bluebell now. Excessive thirst and peeing is often the first noticable sign of renal disease, so I'd echo the previous advice and go back to the vets for some blood tests just to be on the safe side.

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