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From: "Ulrike Stanley"
Date: 2011-02-23 16:35:11 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re: Urine pH
To: "FHL" <>

Hi Stephenie

>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.

Kobi does have insulinoma, adrenal disease, and cardiomyopathy, so his sleep
incontinence could be related to a number of things. I’ve not checked his BG
recently but he is so active and I never see symptoms of insulinoma. Kobi
has had a Suprelorin implant last December (his second) for the adrenal
disease and has been started on Finasteride as my vet thought his prostate
was enlarged last month. He has no problems peeing when he is awake, does
not strain to urinate. I just asked the question about Kobi's low urine pH
because I wanted to know if it is dangerously low (which Sukie has already
told me it is) because I do not want Kobi to get more problems on top of
everything he has already got. What with adrenal disease and an increased
risk of urogenital/ prostatic problems, I did not want to risk Kobi
developing bladder sludge or stones. He has another vet appointment for next
week and my vet will check the urine again and I will ask her to check for


[Uli also found a site mentioning that insufficient
calcium levels in what is being eaten can lower
the pH (make it more acidic). On a quick search a
cat article from a juried journal agrees with that:
so this may be something we should all know: when a
ferret is on a homemade sick diet make sure to supplement
the calcium levels. It would be good to have an idea
of how much.

-- Moderator]


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