Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract, 2006. 36(3): p.549-56, vi.
Endocrine and metabolic disorders affecting puppies and kittens from birth until 6 months of age may manifest as clinical problems related to growth or to water metabolism (polydipsia and polyuria). Most commonly,endocrine and metabolic disorders affect growth of the animal,and puppies are often presented to the veterinarian for assessment of delayed or aberrant growth. Other endocrine disorders of small animals,such as juvenile-onset diabetes insipidus or diabetes mellitus, affect water metabolism, resulting in excessive thirst and urination and resultant difficulty in house-breaking.