Journal article

Influence of ruminal water-loading on renal sodium excretion and water intake following feeding in sheep.

ML Mathai, CE Thomson, MJ McKinley

Acta Physiologica | Published : 2001


We investigated the effect of ruminal water loading before feeding on the natriuretic and drinking responses that follow feeding. Six sheep fed 800 g of chaff drank 1360 +/- 150 mL during the 5 h immediately following feeding and increased renal Na excretion. Plasma Na concentration increased by 4 mmol L (-1) and plasma osmolality by 9 mosmol kg (-1) within 1.5 h and remained elevated. A rumen load of water administered before feeding prevented the increases in plasma Na and osmolality without affecting feeding. The natriuresis, water drinking and vasopressin secretion in response to feeding were abolished. Total sodium excreted during the experiment was halved in water-loaded animals compar..

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