The other problem is that so much water makes him tinkle so much. I can´t stand the smell so I will scoop the saturated bedding out of his cage each day when I get home and replace it with fresh bedding. But I can´t let him roam free because he leaks all over the carpet. He gets so jealous of Spot who will wander around the room while I´m cleaning or feeding. And I have to limit his lap time to 10-15 minutes or I get peed on.
Any comments or suggestions are welcome.
My pigs don´t drink anywhere near that amount of water but they get a lot of fresh veg which contains a lot of water.
Hope someone else can provide a bit more info for you.
I made the mistake of letting my S/O put a salt wheel in the cage with the pigs. Geep ignored it completely, but T.J. sat over there for hours on end, licking the salt and drinking the water. I, of course, removed the salt wheel after a day or two (as soon as I noticed what had happened!), but now T.J. is still quite fond of the water bottle. I am hoping it´s just a phase, but I´m afraid it´s not.
In my experience, different pigs drink different amounts - I have one (Sox) who drinks constantly and won´t eat out of a pellet bowl that doesn´t have a water bottle near by - it is as though he likes to wash them down. My other pig (Boots) doesn´t drink half as much.
Do you keep a record of your pigs´ weight? If Fido is losing weight as well as drinking and peeing lots, this could be a sign of health problems like kidneys or diabetes, but as long as he is putting on/maintaining his weight, eating well and seems happy it is probably just that he is a ´drinker´. Keep a careful eye on his weight though and get him to a vet if there is any weight loss.
There is also the possibility that he isn´t actually drinking the whole bottle, but is playing with it (mine often play with theirs and tug it off it´s holder then run around popcorning because they think it is funny for me to have to put it back up!).
This sounds like an aweful lot of water for just one pig. I´d have him tested.
Diabetes is diagnosed thru a Blood glucose test.
I have one hyperthyroid pig and one suspected hyperthyroid pig. This is relatively newly recognized in pigs so all the symptoms may not be known. I don´t know if increased water consumption is a sign. Since ours are in a herd it is impossible to tell how much one individual pig is drinking.
The symptoms I know of for Hyperthyroidism are increased activity(hyper), extremely good appetite and weight loss. The coat stays in good shape. In Bloom, the weight loss was dramatic enough that we felt she was going to fade away - despite being active and eating well.
Diagnosis is thru T-4 blood test. The States uses a different measure/scale than Canada. Since there were no norms we had blood tests done of 2 healthy pigs - 15 and 23. Bloom´s T-4 was 44. On Methimazole it reduced to 19. We just had Shiraz tested and her T-4 was 30, enough to indicate she might be on her way to hyperthyroidism. She had precipitous and unexplained weight loss. She has just started on Methimazole. If her weight loss stops, we will consuider hyperthyroidism diagnosed.
Neither Bloom or Shiraz are related. Bloom is a longhaired soft furred abby and Shiraz is a satin. Shiraz is 18 months old and I think Bloom was about 2 when diagnosed.
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Once I saw her at the water bottle for 15 minutes straight. Every morning when I go to the cage she is at the water bottle. The only way to know for sure is to have her tested if you suspect diabetes or cushings.
Cat - I think you are right... I think it´s a combination of him being a big drinker and possibly playing with the water bottle. His weight is good, still gaining. He´s only 6 months old and has gone from 800 grams to 1150 gr.
Pinta - We had a vet visit just a couple days ago and she gave him a clean bill of health. Although she didn´t test for anything specific; his fur is shiney and full, appetite is excellent, weight is increasing.
Everyone - I´ll keep a close eye on him, THANKS!
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Thanks for your insight and sharing your experience.
Pinta´s pigs are on Methimazole. This is how it´s treated. Meds daily for the rest of their life.