My senior dog is drinking and urinating a lot. Should I be worried?

Question: 

My 10 yr. old Pomeranian is drinking excessive amounts of water and urinating a lot. Could there be something wrong with her?

Answer: 

Excessive thirst (PD) and/or urination (PU) could be a warning sign of illness.  Diabetes, renal failure, or a urinary tract infection are only a few examples of serious medical conditions where excessive thirst and/or urination are a symptom.   Please take your pet to your family veterinarian as soon as possible for an examination and blood work to rule out illness.