Why so much water?

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why do some drink so much water? I mean Lucy is on it 24/7 to the point where it makes me go crazy listenting to the metal ball rattle in the bottel? Buddy doesnt drink much at all, why would she be hitting the bottle so much?
 

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Is she playing with the water bottle or drinking?

Bette used to be continously at the water bottle, she sadly had diabetes that wasn't picked up on, by the time we found out the problem, all I could was help her on her way.

Some pigs do drink more, but then sometimes there is a reason why (ie kidneys, diabetes".
 

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its really hard to tell if shes drinking all the time or playing, I think sometimes she does it when she wants food or something, its hard to tell sometimes.

would there be any other signs that I could see that there might be a **** with her Kidneys or diabetes
 

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my 6 girls dont drink much i would get your piggy checked out at the vet just to be on the safe side :)
 

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If you watch her closely, you can see how she is drinking. I would watch Bette lots she had an amazing technique were she didn't miss a drop even when she had a bowl of water she lapped it up.

When Bette was near the end, she began to lose large amounts of weight even though she had a healthy appetite and lots of other symptons which I haven't linked to Diabetes.

I would take her to the vet and get a urine sample done, sometimes the vet can get a sample by putting pressure on the bladder. This is the freshiest sample you can get. Failing that if you take a urine sample as close to the appointment as possible explain you think she is excessively drinking and can they test her urine for Glucose and ofcourse anything else the vet knows too look for. I must stress this is not an accurate diagnosis of Diabetes, as illness or stress can cause temporary elevated levels. However, when you follow this with a high glucose reading in the blood, it absolutely indicates diabetes. My vet did this by a prick behind the ears, all they need is one drop of blood.

This is a brief overview of diabetes in animals from what I gather it is the same as humans, dogs and cats.

http://www.caninediabetes.org/pdorg/diabetes_concepts.htm

It can be successfully treated , unfortunately I can't help there as I have no experience treating it. The above information, I found from researching and speaking to others who's pig had diabetes and it is my understanding of the correct diagnosis, thats not too say its right.

How many times are you having to refill the water bottle per day and what size is the bottle?
 

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My piggies all have different thirst levels. My Montgomery doesnt drink much compared to my other boar. I always change their bottles at the same time and it always amazes me how little Montgomery drinks in comparrison to Mimsi. Montgomery eats more hay than Mimsi though:{:{:{ Cant figure them out:(|)
 

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Just a foot note, we have five, and Flobble has ALWAYS drank more than any of the others, and that also seems to come and go. There are evenings where she drinks for England (very noisily!) then other times when she doesn't seem to drink any more than any of the others. Amber has been poorly recently, and is drinking more than she did, but I think every pig is different, I wouldn't think it necessarily means there's anything wrong, but maybe it's worth checking if this behaviour is different to normal?
 

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I'm sorry I should have stated that there maybe nothing wrong but for me persoonally if I had a pig that was drinking excessively I would seek Veterinary advice, obviously this is due to my recent loss. I know pigs can drink more or less but for me if there is any doubt a pig is drinking more than they should I would have them checked regardless if only for my own piece of mind.

In the above comment I was merely stating drinking a lot can be related too diabetes and kidneys it could also be a Uti, it could be nothing she maybe a thirsty pig, this is why its important too see a vet when something doesn't seem normal. Yes, we can tell you our experiences but the only person who can confirm a pigs well being is your vet, if your worried I would see a vet.
 

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Some pigs drink more than others, if it's not an excessive amount then maybe try giving her a bowl of water instead so she can drink it faster. :)
 
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