|Barked: Sun Dec 5, '10 7:40am PST |
|Well you can use the Fuzzer Food system, avoiding high oxalate foods, using distilled water and such. It can help where there is no commercial food that can. There is an article at dogaware on this.
F or struvite stone formers, a regular dog food works. Since meats make a more acid urine and struvites form in alkaline urine it makes sense to use a lot of meat in the food even though usually the reason urine goes alkaline is an infection. Sassy got an infection with struvite crystals while she was eating 20% protein food and she got an infection with no sturvite crystals on 30% protein food but the higher protein was better for her in many ways even though it doesn't have anything to do with preventing UTIs or stones.
Some dogs can handle the dry carb based kibble and some need a more natural wet high protein food. Both my dogs probably would have been at their best eating fresh food all their lives. Sassy didn't drink enough water and Max's body couldn't develop to its highest potential on dry low protein kibble. He has shown oxalate crystals in stale urine, guessing he is lucky to be with me as he gets outside to urinate often. Lots of dogs would be better off getting more walkies too, at least I am able to accommodate that need.
As for the cranberries. I tried quite feebly to look up the info and didn't get anywhere, kept getting sidetracked. I wouldn't want to use any sweetener in the cranberries though. If the dogs enjoy the cranberries feed them but don't count on that as the bladder health agent the extract or d mannose is.
Pumpkin seeds are used as a wormer too, aren't they? Amazing. Tasty too! You need to grind them up to use. They are very nutritious, full of potassium, magnesium and vitamin K.
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