I wish I had found this forum under better circumstances. Our red male will be 5 months on 11/8. We've had him for about 3 months, and we have come to adore and love him so much in that short time. We've been having serious potty and anxiety issues and so we've been working closely with a wonderful trainer and our great vet. Finally, just as a check for the bladder issue, our vet suggested a urine screen to rule out infection. I got the call last night that bacteria wasn't present, but in fact, nothing really was present. It was like water. He called it urine dilute. He suggested a water deprivation test to make sure the kidneys are able to concentrate the urine. I am taking a second urine sample, caught first thing this morning, to be sure it's not a fluke, but I am really worried. Troop does drink and drink and drink and we've always just chalked it up to being a puppy. Our older dogs, both labs, weren't like that but we brought it up at vet visits and with the trainer and nobody seemed concerned. Another concern is the fact that he doesn't seem to be growing much. He is 31 lbs - we brought this up to the vet last week at his last well visit and he thought he looked fine too. Troop is our second doberman - our last Doberman puppy was about 11 years ago - and Mako just seemed to fill out so quickly, and got tall too. I kept telling my husband that I didn't think Troop was growing enough. I would appreciate any thoughts, suggestions, of where to proceed from here. If this morning's sample is still dilute - do we do the water deprivation test, or start with bloodwork (which is more the path I'd like to take) or get a second opinion? This has been our vet for years and I love him but I don't want to make a wrong choice with our little boy. I attached a photo of him from last week and you can see his size in comparison to our 60 lb labs.
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