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    Hi all,

    I've noticed that my lab, Harley, will drink his entire bowl of water in one sitting. He will do this at least twice a day, and then not have water in between (i.e. he's not always thirsty); basically, it appears he gets his full day water consumption in two or three sittings. We limit his water after 7pm, but I do not during the day. In the morning, his poop is near perfect (i.e. nicely formed), but by late afternoon (after he's had a few quick water consumptions) it begins to turn more liquid; however, not as liquid as it used to be (that was diet related). Of course, he then needs to pee a lot (today he couldn't make it and peed on me). I asked the vet today if that quick consumption could be causing the loose stools, but she said no. I am not sure I agree with her (though my opinion is not based on medicine, just observation). Anyone else have a lab that does/did this?

    Tomorrow I am going to "limit" his water. I say "limit" because he will just get smaller portions, so he doesn't drink as much in such a little time, but still get what he is required, and see if that helps.

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    How old is this puppy and how big is the bowl? I would not limit the amount of water you put down for him. Obsessively consuming water and peeing a lot is a diabetes symptom, but many Labs simply are big drinkers.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    HK always has water available.
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    He's 10 weeks old on Saturday; and the bowl is about 2 cups. Furthermore, I would not call it obsessively consuming water -- he only drinks a few times a day. I grew up with a bichon that had diabetes (and my parents have another bichon with diabetes now), and she would drink a lot and constantly and cry for more water, which is what I would call obsessively, before being diagnosed and placed on treatment. Right now, his bowl has water in it, but he just ignored it after his dinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maddenap View Post
    He's 10 weeks old on Saturday; and the bowl is about 2 cups. Furthermore, I would not call it obsessively consuming water -- he only drinks a few times a day. I grew up with a bichon that had diabetes (and my parents have another bichon with diabetes now), and she would drink a lot and constantly and cry for more water, which is what I would call obsessively, before being diagnosed and placed on treatment. Right now, his bowl has water in it, but he just ignored it after his dinner.
    Then I would just call it his habit.

    One of mine only drinks a few times a day but drinks a lot at each visit to the bowl And my other one is diabetic but drinks normally (probably 1/2 cup of liquid at a time throughout the day).
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    Mine occasionally gulps all his down in one go, it doesn't seem to have any particular pattern. Some days he just wanders over and has a couple of laps, others he ignores it for half the day then suddenly decides that he wants a whole bowl!

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