We recently took our 5 year old boxer/collie mix to the vet for a screening and they noticed his urine had a ph of 5.5 and that there was some crystals. The x-ray showed no sign of any stones and so we are just trying to prevent and manage his ph and gravity.
The vet wants us to use Prescription Diet U/D food which seems horrible its pretty much just brewers rice and other by-products.
Instead I’m hoping to find a food that doesn’t have Vitamin C and D supplements and also supplement with potassium citrate. Maybe add some wet food to for more moisture.
Has anybody else tried doing this before or any thoughts?
Google “Minnesota urolith center calcium oxalate” and they have some good info.
Did you see this thread? https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/struvite-crystals/page/6/#post-69601
My dog had both type of stones, actually the calcium oxalate type are more concerning.
I saw the show and bought the t-shirt, so to speak, lol
PS: Does your dog have struvite or calcium oxalate? Or both? It makes a difference, regarding your diet choices for him.
“Struvite stones form in urine with a high pH (alkaline urine), diets should help to maintain a low pH (acidic urine). Diets with animal-based protein sources are most important in maintaining an acidic pH, while
vegetarian or cereal-based diets are more likely to cause and alkaline urine”.
“With Calcium Oxalate stones, a high protein diet can cause stones by increasing calcium in the urine. It lowers urinary pH and can increase uric acid. High quantities of animal protein can contribute to stone formation by increasing urinary calcium and oxalic acid excreting and by decreasing urinary citric acid excretion”.
“You should increase your dog’s water consumption to help dilute the urine. You can do this by adding water to your dog’s food, it should look like wet mush. Avoid table scraps when caring for an oxalate stone-forming dog”.
“Depending on the kind of stone, you either want more, or less protein, and lower in fat (3 -8%). Be sure to check with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet”.
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