I do urine dip strips once a week on my dog...per the Vet. He is suppose to be in the 7.0 to 7.5 range....he's not. His balance is low. Is there anything I can do to help increase this balance? He gets plenty of fresh water....but rarely drinks. I mix water in his food to increase the water content. One thought I had was giving him some chicken broth, or beef broth....or would that create even more problems? Thanks for any help you can offer!
actually urine pH can have a wide range. Normal urine is to be around 7. Higher and lower extremes can be due to metabolic disorders. I would contact your vet and find out what recommendations they have for your dog's specific problem. There are too many diseases to give suggestions to. If giving for a low pH could severly alter kidney function....Your safest bet is to contact your vet.
you just want to make sure you are treating your dog for the right reasons. Encouraging fluids on a dog with renal insuficiency could be very dangerous. I would have for something to happen to your baby. Good luck.
marin - I think you are misunderstanding what pH means.
pH runs from 0 to 14. Anything under 7 is an acid. Anything over 7 is a base. The farther the number is away from 7, the more acidic or basic it is. When you hear someone say something is "pH balanced," it means that the pH is 7.0 -- neither acid nor base. Pure water has a pH of 7.0.
There are different ways to test pH, but usually you have test strips that check for only a narrow band of values. It sounds like you have test strips that test from 5.0 (a medium acid) to 8.5 (a weak base). If you try you test strips on a strong acid with a pH of 3, your test strip would show 5.0, because that's the end of the range it can show.
Sorry to give you a lecture, but I couldn't let your comment about pH going from 5 to 8.5 go -- I guess I'm PMS-ing.
Again thanks for the replies....I spoke to the Vet this morning. Cody's PH balance needs to range from 7.0 to 7.5 for his medical condition.....She has suggested adding ACV to his food....As a healthcare professional I also spoke to the Lab Manager of my facility to better understand the PH strips and how to read one in the proper way. Again, thanks for the replies.....this board has a ton of helpful people on it. Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers!
marin - Thanks for starting this post. I thankfully don't have any firsthand experience with renal problems -- in either pets or people. I never would have guessed that you would want urine to have a pH above 7.0. We both learned something!
Is the dog on a special diet? Does he get out often to urinate, are you testing early morning urine? I know for my dog she would get reacureing bladder infections so drinking alot was important. I tried fruit, frozen chicken broth, exercise makes a dog thirsty.
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Yes, Cody is on a special diet. As I work days and the hubby works overnights.....Cody goes outside every 2-3 hours. I walk him everynight for a good 30 mins, and he gets tons of playtime. He has never been a big drinker, so I need to find ways to add more water to his diet. I did start adding water to his special diet and the ACV...he gobbles it right up. I was thinking of doing the chicken broth. You freeze it? I also heard of something called meat flavored water for dogs......a little far fetched, and I'm thinking I could do the same thing at home. Cody is my first dog ever.....I never thought I'd own a dog, but he has simply been a job, so his health is very important to me. Thank you for taking the time to reply!
I have a great dane, he is 6 1/2 yrs old. He woke me at 3:am whining to go outside (unusual) I noticed blood on my rug and watched him go to the bathroom and noticed blood coming out when he urinated, took him to vet that morning ex ray came for bladder and kidney came back negative,no stones, sample urine test showed he has an 8.5 ph level. Vet said that was high so put him on antibiotics. Hopefully all it is is an infection. Not to mention the antibiotics are strength for a horse my dog weighs 172 lbs.
I am learning more about pH levels after having friends and relatives fighting cancer. Cancer thrives and creates an acidic environment, but CANNOT survive in an alkaline environment. Therefore, I have been trying to lean more towards an alkaline body, rather than acidic.
I feed my dogs raw, and supplement with 1/2 C of holistic kibble a day and they have always eaten fresh vegetables and fruits, along with meat.
Check out this website. It may also be good for your dog to introduce some of these raw foods.