This is Porsche another of the Maltese whom we are fostering. Porsche has been with us for a while now and will probably be with us for a while yet.
When he came to us, Porsche just had surgery for testicular cancer (which was successful) and he had no hair from his shoulders back to his tail. He looked like a Chinese crested. He also drank quantities of water and peed quantities not always in appropriate places. We had him checked for crohn's disease as well as diabetes and anything else that would cause the drinking problems. The vet determined that it was a hormonal imbalance that precipitated the drinking.
Well, he is growing coat back and his drinking has moderated. He still is not at the point where we will put him up for adoption, but he is getting there and he is cute as a button.
Luckily, his medical expenses are being covered by the American Maltese Association Rescue Fund which supports our rescue efforts with medical care funding.