I'm posting on behalf of my mum who is looking for some advice with her 8 year old Border Collie, Jess.
For the past 18 months, Jess has shown some pretty erratic behaviour when it comes to drinking and peeing. She constantly seeks water and will drink continuously until either there is none left or the source is removed. If the source is removed, she will actively seek more water (puddles) where she can.
When out on a walk, it seems like every 30 seconds she will pee or attempt to have a pee - obviously the more water consumed, the more peeing she will need to do. On a short 10 minute walk, for example, she may pee 20 or 30 times.
About 6 months ago, the vet diagnosed Cushings and a prescription was given for this. The first 4/5 weeks showed some improvements in her drinking/peeing behaviour but recently, having increased the dosage as recommended by the vets, it is now having no effect whatsoever. My mum is considering taking her off the medication altogether due to the fact that it is now having little effect and the fact that the medication is costly (she's retired and has only a small pension).
It is entirely possible to get a second opinion from another vet but its a pretty costly exercise but I have heard on the grapevine that the present vet has made diagnosis mistakes in the past.
None of this appears to be causing Jess any harm or discomfort and she's a perfectly happy dog but something just isn't sitting right. Jess also has a large lump which has developed just off-centre on her back - this is all fluid, has been tested by the vet and contains nothing nasty. The vet has categorically said that they will not remove this lump due to a heart murmur, as they won't risk any potential issues with the anaesthetic.
Has anyone had any similar experiences with this or could offer any advice please?