Message Number: FHL12911 | New FHL Archives Search
From: "SukieC"
Date: 2011-02-24 20:49:59 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] Re:Urine pH

But the possibility of a cystine problem being present
but hidden can not be discounted when food protein
levels alter and symptoms appear. That is how both
of ours who got cystine stones were found; we switched
to higher protein foods and wound up with two in extreme
danger who had been fine on lower protein foods.

The precipitation itself of the cystine is due to low pH level,
just as the precipitation of struvite is due to high pH levels.
At least that is what urolith experts told us.

So, I guess that a new question becomes, "At what pH does
ANY ferret begin to precipitate out the sediments that come
out with low pH?" That is not something I have seen addressed
here, but I do know that we were warned that a pH of 5 is always
a bad sign in a ferret by three university professors who were
consulted when we encountered two with that genetic quirk,
though that was about 7 years ago so the knowledge base has
likely increased.


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