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My boxer is 10 years old and is having a problem with excessive drinking and uncontrollable urination.  This has been going on for two days/nights I do not have any money and need to know if there is a home remedy I can use?

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Hi Elaine,

Excessive drinking paired with excessive urination are symptoms of several conditions: diabetes, kidney failure, kidney infection, Cushing’s Disease and liver disease. Treatments will vary depending on what your dog's condition actually is, but you need to get a diagnosis first. There may be home remedies to use, or pair with medication, but that all hinges on the diagnosis.

You should not put off having your dog examined by a veterinarian, since any of these conditions could be serious.  If you are having trouble afford veterinary care, first talk to your regular vet. Ask your veterinarian if he or she will let you work out a payment plan. Many veterinarians are willing to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan so that you do not have to pay the entire cost of veterinary care up front. Another option is to contact local animal shelters or the Humane Society. Some shelters operate or know of local subsidized veterinary clinics or veterinary assistance programs. If you happen to live within driving distance to veterinary school, check with them to see if they offer discount services to the public. There are two special credit cards to apply for which help with medical bills (including veterinary bills) read about them here:

http://www.carecredit.com
http://www.healthcard.citicards.com

I hope I've been a help.
Best of luck,
Patti  

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To date, I've owned 7 dogs, all of which have lived into old age. Having cared for them in all stages of life, I feel I can offer sound advice to other pet owners, and people considering getting a dog. I am knowledgeable about the AKC (American Kennel Club) dog breeds, training and exercise, caring for sick and elderly pets, feeding, as well as many holistic treatments pets can benefit from. My only request is that you write me using standard English and punctuation.

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My life experience in this field is more like "on the job training" rather than an actual degree in animal welfare. You may benefit from my experiences over the past 30 years. Aside from the dogs I've owned, I'm also involved in "breed rescue" and have fostered several dogs, all of which have been adopted to wonderful "forever homes". I find helping people who want a dog very rewarding.

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Real life experience, based on over 30 years of dog ownership.

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