Oh yeah... forgot to mention. Doc says he has never seen a pig with a SG lower than 1.010, but that's just him.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Although, your other pig was up there. Ollie's was 1.004.
so what is all this telling us?
With as much water as pigs drink, I think the only true way to know if the kidneys are actually functioning is to check a SG, then give absolutely no water for 2 hours, check another one. If the kidneys are functioning, the SG should go up. If not, the SG will stay the same.
Otherwise, if Shaina was an older pig, with a SG that low, the first thought would be kidney disease. When I get a chance, I will do the water restriction thing on her, just to see how high it goes. Not that I'm worried about kidney disease, I just want to see what the possibilities are with water restriction.
- Me, too!
We have new babies (they were a suprise, I thought Mama pig was just still s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d from the previous litters) I could try to take them in to see what babies are comparitively. My vet's game to do it.
It's a rescue pig, just in case anyone was wondering.
If you look back, one of my girls had a low specific gravity at a young age. She was also my water drinker. Now that she isn't as much, I should recheck the both of them again, after withholding water for an hour.
- E's Moriarity
My pig had urinalysis today (among other test) and had 1.007. Blood enzymes don't indicate kidney troubles, but he isn't well and we can't find the cause outright. His info is here.
He probably hadn't had water for some time, since he'd been anesthesized for x-rays and a tooth exam, but I have been fairly aggressively syringing water for the last 1.5 weeks due to his anorexia. He seems well-hydrated and doesn't seem to pee excessively, but what do I know?