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Commercially available low purine dog food

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Lucky

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Barked: Sun Oct 7, '12 10:11am PST 
Does anyone know of a low purine dog food (preferably canned) that is available at pet stores? Lucky was recently diagnosed with ammonium urate stones after a cystotomy and so far I have only been giving him home cooked food.
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Dr. Watson

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Barked: Sun Oct 7, '12 12:16pm PST 
Dogaware does a great job explaining stones. Look for ingredients in the canned food which would be appropriate for him. Or consider an appropriate prescription diet. Urate, Cystine, and Other Less Common Urinary Stones
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Jace

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Barked: Thu Oct 11, '12 9:24am PST 
Poor pup, that is no fun. Beef has one of the lowest purines, as does duck, however the only true "low" purine diet is a vegetarian. Have you look at Natural Balance Vegetarian, or any other veggie diets?
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Jace

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Barked: Thu Oct 11, '12 9:34am PST 
Here is a good article http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/13_6/features/Kidney-Stones- Bladder-Stones_16231-1.html and maybe this chart will help if there are limited options?
Good luck http://www.acumedico.com/purine.htm
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Dr. Watson

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Barked: Thu Oct 11, '12 9:50am PST 
Perhaps Sojos Turkey Complete Dog Food. Main proteins are turkey and egg.thinking
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Foxxy

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Barked: Thu Oct 11, '12 10:30am PST 
There is a sojos beef too. WE love Sojos
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Dr. Watson

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Barked: Thu Oct 11, '12 10:43am PST 
I was looking it up as a food to feed Watt who has a congenital extrahepatic liver shunt. He cannot have any meats but turkey or chicken. No organs either. He can have dairy and eggs, and oatmeal is a very good grain for him. Hills Liver Diet is giving his a bad coat and a bad smell. frown
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Lucky

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Barked: Sun Oct 14, '12 3:00pm PST 
Thanks for the replies. I'm a little hesitant to buy non prescription-diet food for him because the food he has been eating for years appears as thought it would be low purine and also because the Rx food is so expensive. The food he had eaten for about 6 years is Nutro's Natural Choice dry food for sensitive stomachs; here are the ingredients:

Chicken Meal, Ground Rice, Rice Flour, Rice Bran, Whole Brown Rice, Chicken, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Oatmeal, Pea Protein, Natural Flavors, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Soybean Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Sodium Bicarbonate, L-Lysine, Salt, Choline Chloride, Egg Product, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Copper Proteinate, Biotin, Niacin Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement.

Based on the research I've done it appears as thought this food should be low purine. Does anyone see any ingredients that may have increased his purine levels?
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Maxwell

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Barked: Sun Oct 14, '12 6:16pm PST 
Why does he have these stones? He isn't a breed known to have the metabolic defect like Dalmatians, is he? Some dogs with this type of stone have liver shunts. You might want to look into that possibility.
http://dogaware.com/articles/wdjotherstones.html

If that is the case then a liver diet is the way to go. Monica Segal and Dr. Jean Dodds have devised a diet that is complete and balanced that is designed to limit ammonia. If you would like to continue cooking then consult your vet to see if it might work out.
http://www.monicasegal.com/kidney-and-liver.html
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Jace

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Barked: Tue Oct 16, '12 11:30am PST 
Your best bet would be to check EVERY ingredient to see how it sits on the list of low/high Purine. Chicken is not low purine, however it would depend on how much chicken meal is in the food, and how much bone is included in the meal. Unfortunately it is not as easy to look at the panel to determine whether or not a food will work, as you do not know the amount of meat protein, and the overall recipe amounts. You can however look at a vegetarian diet, and determine which one has the lowest purines based on vegetarian ingredients. I highly recommend Monica Segal too, if you want to go that route.
Good luck
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