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I posted previously about my 4.5 month old puppy drink a lot of water, I took her back to the vet last week and we ran all sorts of tests to exclude any medical problem, everything came back looking normal with no red flags, so it seems for now she just drinks a lot for no reason, I googled and its called psychogenic polydipsia, not sure how I should handle this, its very frustrating for her and myself and it really isn't helping with the house breaking She eats kibble mainly but I have been slowly transitioning her dinner to cooked food so she is just getting a little bit of that for now, her play pen is in an air-conditioned room, I am not sure what else to do.
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That is a relief to know she’s healthy. I think of her now and then because her drinking prompted me to try and keep track of how much water my own Havanese drinks. It turns out we spill a lot more than I realized and we have water in different parts of the house so it’s not easy to keep track of!

Did the vet have any suggestions on how to manage it? Maybe it would help for you to describe your routine and the puppy’s set up.
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That is a relief to know she’s healthy. I think of her now and then because her drinking prompted me to try and keep track of how much water my own Havanese drinks. It turns out we spill a lot more than I realized and we have water in different parts of the house so it’s not easy to keep track of!

Did the vet have any suggestions on how to manage it? Maybe it would help for you to describe your routine and the puppy’s set up.
We only keep one water bowl in the house, always at the same location, so it is easy to know how much water Ricky drinks. It is about one to two cups per day. I don't know how much he should be drinking and I imagine it varies depending on the dog's physiology, what food they are eating, and how active they are. Ricky gets a lot of water in the food he eats which we don't count with his water bowl. The odd thing is, he likes his water icy cold. straight out the refrigerator. He seems to be well hydrated and potties about once every 4 hours (except of course at night where he goes about 10/11 hours without needing to potty). He knows from habit that when we take him for his evening walkies about 7pm, this is last time out for the day and he will potty maybe three times on the walkies to make sure his bladder is completely empty. It has been years since he has awakened us at night to go potty

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Hi,
I posted previously about my 4.5 month old puppy drink a lot of water, I took her back to the vet last week and we ran all sorts of tests to exclude any medical problem, everything came back looking normal with no red flags, so it seems for now she just drinks a lot for no reason, I googled and its called psychogenic polydipsia, not sure how I should handle this, its very frustrating for her and myself and it really isn't helping with the house breaking She eats kibble mainly but I have been slowly transitioning her dinner to cooked food so she is just getting a little bit of that for now, her play pen is in an air-conditioned room, I am not sure what else to do.
Just wondering if the test included blood tests to make sure the liver and kidneys are functioning properly. Also, there are some recent posts talking about the importance of adding water to your kibble. Wondering if you hydrate the kibble if she will drink less vs eating dry food and then slugging down a ton of water at once which is going to make potty training hard. Also wondering if the kibble you are feeding contains any salt or other ingredients that can cause more thirst. Here is an article talking about that.

https://dogcare.dailypuppy.com/can-s...king-3223.html

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did you get this by googling symptoms or did your vet mention it as a possibilty. Only your vet should be the source for diagnosing this. We are not qualified and I recommend discussing this with him only.

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Since you have been to the vet twice, and a medical issue has been eliminated, I would post about the details of your potty training set-up and anything your vet suggested to manage potty training. That way people can offer specific suggestions to help you get through potty training. I remember you said that you had met with a trainer but were unable to continue because youíre living internationally in a city thatís locked down. If you felt the trainer was helpful, perhaps they would be able to help remotely. It might be harder internationally, but I imagine there might be resources to help you find a trainer or behaviorist in your area if you are unsure.
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You can change Vets and different a different opinion.

I'm wondering about the Kibble, which isn't good food. There are a lots of good food out and its cheap to feed these little dogs even very expensive food.

I use Honest Kitchen which is FDA approved as human food. I use HK dehydrated food which requires hydrating it with water.. It's thick and soupy. I don't know how much water Patti drinks because we there have three water bowels through out the house, but I've never noticed she drinks lots of water. She sleeps our bedroom and usually goes all night not drinking any water.

If it were me I'd get rid of Kibble. If that doesn't change things find another vet and get a different opinion.
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Yes blood tests were carried out, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease and Addisons have been ruled out, also did daily urine analysis and took it to the vet for testing everyday, all good.
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I just mentioned in my original post that I went to the vet.
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so Coco is either in the play pen, or being played/trained or tied next to us if we are unable to follow her around and are sitting together as a family. She is not left to roam around freely for now at all. I put her in the play pen for 1 hour, give her 50 ml water (vet has suggested giving her water throughout the day at intervals as opposed to leaving it lying around) wait 5 mins, take her out for a pee and then she is with me or another family member for 2 hours, then we put her back in and so on and so forth all day, in between there are two long walks one in the morning and one in the early evening, water is given to her every two hours and I am trying to get her to hold her pee for two hours, sometimes she will hold slightly longer and sometimes she has accidents at much less time. We have recently started giving her food twice a day as she has not been very interested in the middle day meal. Morning is kibble which I don't wet but will try now, evening I am transitioning to cooked food. Also would like to add that I have seen three different vets and the last one is the only one that ran tests and took it seriously the rest just told me its puppy behaviour.
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