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|Your best choice maybe making a homemade diet for Dee Dee. If you have time constraints, you could use Sojos Grain-Free Dog Food and add your own meat. This way, you can control how much protein you add and offer a variety of meat/s. At planetbluedog.com it ships for free.
I read an interesting article on line that may offer some advice that you may not have come across yet...
Diets For Pets With Urinary Tract Disease (FUS And Struvite Stones)
The majority of kidney and bladder stones and sand in pets are one of two kinds. One forms when the urine is acidic and the other when it is basic (alkaline). A diet made for cats and dogs with certain lower urinary tract problems that produce bladder stones or crystals in an acid urine (struvite) consists of: 1.5 lb of cooked ground chuck beef, with the fat retained, 1/4 lb of cooked calf’s liver, one cup cooked brown rice or mashed potatoes , 1 teaspoon canola oil, 1 teaspoon of phosphorus-free calcium carbonate (crushed calcium lactate or calcium gluconate) or 8 "regular Tums" tablets, and one quarter Centrum-type tablet or Pet Tabs given as directed on the bottle. The two most important factor in dissolving struvite stones are feeding a diet that maintains an acid pH urine and adding as much water as possible to your pet's diet to dilute its urine. Adding a moderate amount of salt and potassium chloride salt substitute will help encourge drinking. Taste the food. If it tastes too salty for you - it is too salty for your pet. To know if your home made diet is working, you will need to monitor your pet's urine pH and specific gravity.
You can add 56 - 84 ml (2-3 ounces) of water during cooking if the cat or dog will accept it. The more water your pet consumes, the more dilute it's urine will be and the more likely it will remain free of stones. The addition of a taurine tablet is advisable in cats of all kinds. Taurine deficiencies in cats can lead to heart and eye problems.
Feed approximately 1/4-1/2 lb per ten pounds body weight each day or the amount that maintains your pet's optimal body weight. This formula is designed to keep magnesium and phosphorus levels in the food to a minimum. In dogs, bladder stones can sometimes be dissolved using a diet low in protein (not under 15%) which has added salt or potassium chloride to increase water consumption (most of these dogs will need antibiotics as well).
In cats and dogs with oxalate bladder crystals, the addition of potassium citrate (300-500mg/day) will sometimes prevent relapse - but it will not dissolve oxalate stones that are already present. If you use it, your pet needs it divided during the day. The most important characteristic of a diet to prevent oxalate stones is it's ability to produce a near-alkaline (pH over 6.9) and dilute (specific gravity under 1.020) urine. There is no reason you can not monitor your pet's urine characteristics at home using a refractometer and pH strips. Lower protein, higher fiber diets are also though to be helpful. As much water needs to be added to the food as the pet will accept in order to keep its urine as dilute as possible.
There are now commercial diets sold by veterinarians that are formulated to attempt to prevent both struvite and oxalate bladder and kidney stones at the same time. These diets work by increasing thirst with added salt-substitute (KCl) and table salt - so your pet drinks more and, hopefully, keeps its urine too dilute for stones to form. Some also restrict protein, and keeping urine pH close to neutral. Royal Canin has made much of this data available. As I have already said, taste the food you make for your pet. If it tastes too salty, it is too salty.
Edited by author Mon Jan 25, '10 9:51am PST
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