Message Number: FHL12909 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2011-02-24 19:30:21 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re:Urine pH

Hi Ulrike
A urine pH of 5 is not a problem. Normal range should be 5 to 6.
Cystine bladder stones are actually a result of a kidney problem!
The cells in the proximal tubular part of the kidney can not absorb
the amino acids Cystine, Ornithine, Lysine and Arginine (the so called
COLA amino acids), so cystine goes into the urine and can form bladder
stones. If they have this kidney problem then raising the pH of the urine
with potassium citrate helps to increase the solubility of cystine in the
urine and helps prevent cystine bladder stones.
Normal ferrets do not have this kidney problem and do not get cystine
bladder stones. Struvite bladder stones are the most common bladder stones in
ferrets, and a low urine pH prevents struvite bladder stones.
Yes it would be good to do another UA and to check the sediment for
cells from the prostate.
Hope that helps,
Jerry Murray, DVM


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