|Barked: Thu Oct 28, '10 1:44am PST |
|Apollo had a couple accidents in the house the other day and since he's housebroken, I figured it warranted a vet check up. Turns out, it's not a UTI, but he does have struvite crystals floating around and his pH is at 9. The vet wants him down to about 6.2-6.5.
He drinks and eats normally; is on Acana Wild Prairie; takes Clemastine for his allergies and Opti-Gest sprinkled on his kibble.
The vet told me there are quite a few things that we need to do to ensure he's on the road to being healthier, including a radiograph to check for existing stones, a urine culture, putting him on an antibiotic, and changing his diet.
They want to put him on Science Diet c/d or Purina DCO, but I dislike both brands and the simple fact that corn and cornmeal are key ingredients, I'm not putting that into my dog if I can help it. I'm almost positive he's allergic to cornmeal, too, based on previous reactions, sooo... yeah.
Thing is, I'm not sure what other foods I can use. He's got a sensitive stomach to begin with and took forever to find that Acana sat with him well. On top of that, they need to have such low percentages of each thing and I'm just in a tizzy. The nurses have offered to do some comparisons of brands I bring in versus Science Diet and Purina, but I don't know exactly what I'm looking for to bring in, as far as brands go and what's doable.
One of the previous posts I ran across on here was someone saying they were told to give their pet vitamin C to lower the pH level. Are there other simpler ways than dishing out $25 for an 8lb bag of vet crap that my dog will kill in under a week? I'm okay with paying the price if it's a good, healthy brand that accommodates his other health issues like possible food allergies and avoiding fillers as top ingredients, but those two... (shudder)
Just for comparison (based on an 8-oz serving)..
Acana's WP magnesium is .08, sodium 0.2, phosphorus 1.1, and protein is 33%.
Science Diet c/d has magnesium at .108, sodium 0.27, phosphorus 0.51, and protein around 22%.
Purina's DCO has magnesium at .11, sodium 0.3, phosphorus 0.81, and 22% protein.
To me, it seems like Acana's only "fault" is having higher phosphorus and protein. If that's the case, is that difference enough to up his pH level through the roof?
What are YOUR experiences with high urine pH?
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