|Barked: Fri Jul 17, '09 12:10pm PST |
|It depends on when you ask us! Right now I am feeding different brands of prepared raw (Nature's variety, Primal, Bravo) because my natural dog store had a major freezer breakdown and it was free! (Bad for him, good for us!)
As a general rule, I feed some sort of supermarket meat (beef heart is a big favorite around here) and chicken wings, feet, etc. We also use Sojo's Europa grain-free premix when we are feeding primarily boneless meat. We also go through a lot of Bravo green tripe and Primal "Grinds" (the kind w/ no veggies, just meat, organ and bone) when we use the Sojo's premix.
Thea has never had a problem with any of the raw foods, only kibble. At first I thought it was coincidental, but when it happened several times, I realized it was definately the kibble.
I shouldn't assume, but I was suspecting that with the high pH and crystals you must get struvite crystals? The Berry Balance is very good. We have also tried Animals Apawthecary "Tinkle Tonic" at times, but for general maintainance, I think Berry Balance has been our best bet.
I mean before I fed raw, she either had a UTI, or was on antibiotics. It was a vicious cycle. Raw food has really helped her.
She does really, really love soup...and my vet told me whilst all of this was going on, I could try salting her food, to encourage her to drink more. With her insane love of soup, we sort of kill two birds with one stone--she is getting more liquid, and some salt, as most canned soups are pretty salty, which works well to get her to drink more.
I just read back my food regime and realized how confusing it sounds! We really do bounce around between many different types of foods....never a problem, until I try to sneak kibble in the mix.
If we go out of town with the dogs, I will bring either a grain-free canned food, or Honest Kitchen food for her.
One other suggestion....get a package of pH strips. That way, you will know if the alkalinity starts creeping up, and can adjust the diet, ie, adding more liquids, upping the Berry Balance, etc. accordingly.
Believe me, I understand your frustrations totally. It took us a long time to tweak her diet and figure out what bothered her urinary tract and what doesn't.
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