One of my pigs drinks a ton of water. Always has. Her urine looks pretty pale because of it. Keep water from her for a couple hours, and the concentration goes up, meaning her kidneys are working.
I would consider keeping water from Steve for a couple hours before an appointment, then have the specific gravity (concentration) checked. If it goes up from what you took in the last time, then his kidneys are working. If it doesn't go up, then his kidneys could be starting to fail.
Bloodwork would be the next thing to do. A BUN/Creatinine would check those two kidney enzymes. A phosphorus level needs checked, too, because animals in kidney failure can't get rid of the phosphorus like they're supposed to. Brandilynn is right - aluminum hydroxide would need to be given for an elevated phosphorus. It's actually available OTC as an antacid liquid.
Depending on the bloodwork, SQ fluids would be a good idea. So would checking for a bladder infection fairly often, since kidney animals are more prone to them.
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At home, I will definately give him something to eat if it helps.
Talishan, it's not hard to do, just wasn't what I expected. When I saw Judi give a pig fluids, I didn't see the hopping, but I wasn't sure if that meant she did it better or that the pig was too sick to care.
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In retrospect, I'm quite sure that the fluids weren't at the right temperature. I used the hot water method of warming the bag, but a microwave would probably be better, providing you're very careful to check that the temperature is consistent throughout the bag.
Do not microwave the whole bag. Vets would suggest this only because they often use an entire bag on a cat or dog.
For sure it sounds like the bag was room temperature - they jerk from the shock of cool fluid hitting their warm insides. To them it's like a polar bear swim.