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From: "stepheniebaas"
Date: 2011-02-22 17:45:45 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Urine pH

Hi Ulrike
I am wondering if Kobi's peeing in his bed is only related to his pH problems, has his blood sugar been checked lately? Some ferrets with a low blood sugar can sleep very deeply, with the pH problem he will probably need to pee more often, if he is in a very deep sleep, maybe his body is not responding to the need to go potty.

[Not waking easily is an interesting perspective
and something to consider.

That would not move the urine's pH into
risky levels for developing sludge and stones,
though. Urine pH is a Goldilocks problem: too
high a pH and the urine is too alkaline, but too
low a pH number and the urine is too acidic
and then different precipitate will occur. You want
"just right" between the two extremes.

Urine pH (which means "percent hydrogen")
can be raised (made more alkaline) by reducing
the protein in the diet, and can be made more
acidic (lowered number) by adding more protein
to the diet. There are also meds for more extreme
cases. Ferrets' ideal number might be around 6 to
6.5, so a little acidic normally since 7 is typically
considered neutral.

-- moderator]


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