In my last update about Simon, I mentioned that he seemed to be back to his old self and I was looking forward to having a healthy dog. Well, that was short lived. A few days later, his water consumption and subsequent urination went through the roof overnight. A dog that normally drank 0.6 - 0.7 L of water per day started drinking upwards of 2.5 L. So, off to the vet we went for blood and urine tests. The tests came back suggesting a kidney infection (no signs of any other real concern in the fluid work-ups). A week's worth of Zeniquin (antibiotic) was prescribed and over the next few days, Simon's water consumption returned to normal and he finished up his meds. Big sigh of relief - for two days.
Unfortunately, at this point, his water consumption spiked again (2.8 L), so he was put back on the Zeniquin (for 3 weeks this time). However, his water consumption just kept rising each day (up to 3.8 L). So, yesterday the vet put him on Clavaseptin (another antibiotic) for a week, in addition to the previously prescribed Zeniquin. I was hoping that I would see a dramatic change over night. But, no such luck.
I'm scared he could have Cushing's disease, liver disease or diabetes (although the vet saw no sign of diabetes in the tests). If he doesn't improve soon, I think I'm going to lose it. After months of vet visits and health scares, I'm worn out. I oscillate between terror, anger and weariness.
I'm trying to remain calm and allow time for the meds to work, but I'm about at the end of my rope. I keep reminding myself, that other than the excessive drinking and urination, he seems perfectly fine (good appetite, excited to go for walks). I try to remember that older dogs (Simon just turned 13 in September) sometimes take longer to respond to treatment.
So, folks, help me out here. Has anyone out there had a similar situation with their elderly dog? Any stories to share?