This will be very hard to keep short, so I apologize in advance. I want you all to know that what I am about to type is in no way stretching the truth, or being dramatic. My miniature Dachshund, Reeses, is 10 years old. She is a very small mini, always weighed about 10 to 10.5 lbs. Over the last 5 months, she has changed. She is now 6lbs, very boney. I always keep up on bringing her to vets, so I will tell you what they say. Her blood work came back and I was told that one of her kidney levels came back a SMIDGEN higher. Basically meaning that she is several years away from kidney disease/kidney failure. Now, let me tell you about Reeses! She has a love for water like no other! She is ALWAYS looking for water, getting into trouble while doing it! It's all she cares about! She takes Phenobarbital for seizures, which makes her water intake need even more. BUT, these last 5 months, it has gotten out of control. Being that she is so small, we limit her water intake as it is, because it goes right through her. We let her out a lot. Her life and mine, has come to this.... she is crated or tied up in the dining room, she is peeing and pooping in her crate at all times (always peed in her crate, but now it's constant and adding poop), barely pees/poops outside because she is too distracted with finding water (she gets taken out on a leash). No matter what, I am cleaning up poop every morning and cleaning her (her crate is now lined with pee pads instead of comfy blankets like she used to have).... she apparently breaks up all the poop because it's in pieces when I get there in morning. She now has an eye infection, most likely due to bacteria from the poop. I can't stress enough that my family and I are constantly looking after her and cleaning her (her paws, nose, body) and cleaning up after her. I don't know what to do. I am at my wits end. I have spent a couple thousand dollars in these 5+ months and can't continue to spend that. Is this going to be her life now? General things about Reeses: She has always been crated when we are not home or at night. She loves her crate, prior to us tying her up, when it was late, she would come to one of us and stare us down until we got up and she'd run right into her "bed" when she was tired. She always played with her toys/bones (stopped months ago). Before we stopped allowing her in the house, she never settled down - would run back and forth, restless like...so we never relaxed at night because we felt like she was going to pee or poop. That's why we have tried these last two weeks keeping her tied up in the dining room. I don't want her life, or my family's, to be this way for years to come. Reeses deserves more! Any suggestions on what you would do, would be greatly appreciated.