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Old 09-26-2012, 09:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oliver drinks a TON of water!! We have to fill his bowl twice a day! And its a pretty big bowl! My mom thinks he has diabetes or something, can they even get diabetes? I know other animals can, we had a dog once who had diabetes but this is a 1 1/2 year old hog, is this a possiblity? He's still active and everythong but just in case
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Lots of water is good! Water is mother earth's natural medicine. It flushes your system and cleans out bacteria I doubt there's anything wrong with him
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okay thanks! my mom was kind of worried about him, since Dallas has " mites" we got treatment for oliver too, but not for shade yet because of her possible pregnancy, hes a good boy, he acts like a rat though! he is so much like a rat its scary! hes got the tattered ears, never curls up, adn i mean NEVER( even if you want him too), and hes always running around, its so hard to keep track of him!
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Does he have polyuria, polydypsia as well?
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Translation PU = peeing lots, PD = drinking lots.
How much exactly is it? Yes, pets CAN drink too much water, and it CAN be a sign of a problem(kidneys come to mind first).
Are you sure he isn't spilling?
Is he peeing as much as he is drinking?
If not on already, I would suggest white liners to be able to SEE if there are large puddles of urine.

Has he always drank this much? If it was a sudden or eventual onset since you got him, it would be considered PD, and may be abnormal.
Though if it truly is a large bowl, it does seem suspicious, and I wouldn't be above suggesting getting a him looked at. 3 tests that pop to mind immediately are urinalysis(checking for concentration, pH, crystals, can sometimes give indication to kidney function), blood tests(give more insight on internal organs), xray(many times, can see stuff like kidney stones, bladder stones, enlarged kidney, shrivelled/dead kidney) just stuff that may give you more of an idea.

But first, I would measure out exactly how much he is drinking. And also put his water bowl in top of a few sheets of paper towels(paper towels crimple when it dries from being wet, you can even hide the paper towel under the liners if he may be the type of pull at the paper towel). Then also compare the amount of water to your other two. If there really is a huge difference, and he's approximately the same size, you may want to think of going for a checkup.
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Well I can't really tell if he pees a lot, he's not litter trained and he has 3 levels in his cage ( wood levels, were buying shelf liner to cover them with) so that soaks up a lot Ewwy but he doesn't spill because the shelf with water on its always clean! He will not use the bathroom on it. So I'll start measureing the water and everything
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"Oliver drinks a TON of water!! We have to fill his bowl twice a day!"

It will definitely help to quantify the amount by measuring.
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My girl drank lots as a baby, about 1/4 cup (12 tsp) a night. When her metabolism leveled off (growth rate) her consumption dropped to a mere tablespoon (3 tsp). This is so little that I had to buy a graduated cylinder from a laboratory supply house and now measure her water in ml (she takes in 12ml - 20ml a night). So I have the opposite problem of "drinks a TON". She's been at this level for months now and seems happy and healthy. She is a big time runner, but it doesn't seem to bother her.

I don't get to see her pee very often; occasionally when getting a foot and belly bath, and it always looks fine. (She's getting some additional moisture from 1/2 ounce baby food, but that's not adding much.)
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