Too Many Pee Breaks?
by Lila Iyer
Cocker Spaniel Panting in the Heat!
Hello! My 21 month-old male cocker spaniel needs to go out every 3 hours or sometimes, more often. He drinks a lot of water - we're in Bangalore, India.
I've provided him with a bucket of water since he prefers that to a bowl. Will it be okay if I regulate the amount of water by taking it away once he drinks after his meal?
Also, He's been neutered. As a consequence, he's put on 2 and 1/2 kgs in the past six months. (He is about 14" tall and now weighs 14.50 kgs,) He refuses to go for walks, 'tho he loves to play within the compound, but it is sad to see him gasping for breath every now and then.
Before his operation, envying friends would often comment on his delightful vigorous play with all dogs he came across.
Regarding the latter problem, is it possible for him to regain his old active life, or is his lethargy also a result of the operation?
I will be grateful for any suggestions regarding diet and water input.
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
If your dog is drinking lots of water, it's only natural that he's peeing a lot. Personally, I wouldn't limit his intake of liquids, especially if it's hot - he'll need to keep hydrated.
It sounds like your dog may need to lose a little weight. Many cockers put on weight after being neutered but it's not as a direct result of the operations. It's because they need fewer calories than before the operation. You can buy special kibble for neutered dogs (fewer calories) or you can simply adjust his diet accordingly - your vet can probably help if you ask, just make sure he still gets all his vitamins and minerals to keep him healthy. You're aiming for a well-balanced nutritional diet.
Give him an extra walk each day - nothing too strenuous at first. If he likes to play ball, make it a game or two.
Once he starts losing the extra weight he'll feel much better and will be able to jump about and exercise just like he used to before being neutered.
Best of luck to you both!