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Jack Russell health concerns

  1. #1
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    Jack Russell health concerns

    hi guys! i'm coming here to see if anyone has had similar health concerns with their pups. we have been to the vet many times with almost no solutions. here's what's happening:


    • constantly searching for water. days that it rains it's difficult to get him to go potty bc he is SO concerned with licking steps and finding puddles.
    • peeing excessively, almost on the hour. even if he's had no water (we're not depriving him, don't worry!) when we leave or go to bed we have to put a diaper wrap on him. last night he stood on the couch and peed. that was a first. well, actually that's the third time. first time i caught him in the act though.
    • pacing ALL night
    • he doesn't show affection anymore (licks, tail wagging) however he still greets us at the door and wants to snuggle on the couch. before when he'd have accidents we'd get the "so sorry" guilty look. now it's like "whatever, clean it up, mom" look.
    • he quickly lost 4 or so pounds within a month.
    • appetite is ok as long as we have wet food.
    • an abdominal ultrasound came back with no results
    • blood work shows no kidney or diabetic concerns
    • he is currently taking Prion (i could be remembering this incorrectly) but is only a few days in. the vet thought he could be having sphincter issue
    • Edit: i forgot to mention he is 14 this month.


    we have no idea what to do next. is this an issue of him having doggie dementia? most of the time he does give a sign he needs to go out. a handful of times he's just stood and peed. once or twice it happened while he was laying down while we cleaned.


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    Are you anywhere near a vet teaching school or hospital. If so that's the place to take him. They will give you answers. They won't stop looking until they find the problem. The are usually cheaper than a regular vet. These are vet students working under highly trained vets. If you can take him you should do so and you will have answers to what his problem is
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    i believe we have more of a hospital nearby....a school though, i'd need to check around. that's great advice though. thank you for the reply!

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    a vet teaching hospital is fine, they see more of the "difficult" cases and will have an answer for you
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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