My 11 year old Australian Shepard drinks water excessively and urinates gallons. Chance he has diabetes? Treatment?

Asked by Member 842631 on Jun 3rd 2009 in Diabetes
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Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011)

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Cookies 'n' Creme (1998-2011) answered on 6/3/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


This definitely is a question for your vet.

A few simple tests can reveal why he's got these symptoms and what can be done for it.

But, there's only one way to get a definitive diagnosis and a vet is truly what you need.

Having said that, many things can cause an older dog to have these symptoms. Older dogs have a harder time regulating their temperature, so some people see an increase in drinking due to simply old age alone.

However, the excessive drinking and excessive urinating are major warning signs of uncontrolled diabetes which is very dangerous and must be ruled out. If he is diagnosed with diabetes, treatement is similar to humans with diabetes; a special diet may be prescribed, or he may need to take pills or have insulin shots. The sooner you get a diagnosis and get his condition under control, the better and the less likely it is to become serious enough to require major life quality decline for him.

Good luck!

Jack answered on 6/3/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Could be a number of things. Get a senior wellness blood panel done. If done at least yearly it could pick up a problem before there is a crisis. Once you know what the problem is you can find awesome support here and elsewhere.

Sassy answered on 6/3/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer