And I still think they are just reluctant to change because they have been on Oxbow for 4 1/2 years. To me there is no comparison between your pellets and Oxbow's. Your pellets make ME want to eat them LOL. I think my boys are just stubborn little brats.
No expert by any stretch, but I'd think some sort of diuretic would be safer, when warranted, for upping fluid consumption rather than having too much sodium in the diet-? As Kleenmama pointed out to me in an email today, too much sodium can also be bad for the heart and cause/contribute to hypertension. As she said, with as many "heart" pigs as we're seeing these days, the excess sodium in Oxbow can't be a good thing for that, either.
- I GAVE, dammit!
Having said that, the more research I do, the more I am happy that I have such a tiny amount of sodium in my pellets. Too much salt in ANY animal is not a good thing (unless maybe you are a sea creature).
I think the extra sodium creates a false thirst, NancyO. It's like us when we eat a ham dinner. I am thirsty all night after, but it is just making up for what the salt took out. Would there be some way you could reduce the pellet intake and up the wet veggies? When I have sick pigs, frequently they go off everything except the fresh veggies, and when that happens, I wet them down to dripping and they still eat them. Sometimes saves me having to subcue.
slavetofuzzy - I have contacted Oxbow about this before, but they didn't bother to answer. But I guess if they got many letters they would perhaps listen?
kleenmama - I am very glad you don't put more than a tiny amount of salt in your pellets! I whish there was a way to get them to Europe...
Excessive sodium. Calcium absorption in the kidney tubules follows the absorption of sodium and water. High urinary levels of sodium then results in increased levels of calcium. Defects in the kidney tubules transport system can cause imbalances in sodium and phosphate that result in elevated calcium in the urine. A high salt diet can also produce this effect.
I must admit, though, that I find this field very complicated, and my head is near to spin when I try to get the essence out of all these articles. Some of them even seem to partly contradict each other! Time to get to bed soon, I guess, but I will read more tomorrow.