A reader called and asked about water consumption. It seems that her dog has been consuming an unusual amount of water recently. I suggested that she measure the water she puts into the bowl in the morning and measure the amount left several hours later. When the bowl is refilled, the water should be measured and recorded along with the time of day.
Since she had not contacted her veterinarian at the time of the call, I stressed that the dog should have as much water as it wants, but the amounts must be recorded. This record will help the doctor determine the problem.
I also suggested that she weigh her dog in the morning and before she retires and record any variations. Since she did not have a weight record before the water consumption increased, I strongly advised that she call her veterinarian and take her records with her.