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Skye G, the only problem with a vegetarian diet is that many of the holistic vets found that it caused muscle waste. It truly must be carefully balanced to provide the correct nutrition for a dog. On a side not, my husband actually had bladder stones. He did change his diet which included limiting caffeine products and drinking more fluids. He hasn’t had a recurrence in over 20 years. I’m not saying that it cured it, but I really think providing more fresh food to a dog, as opposed to dry kibble, could possibly help. This would increase the overall moisture in a dog’s system, helping to flush out the minerals that are forming.
Hello, First off I would like to say that the Food that you are feeding your dog, is contributing to the bladder stones and gaining weight. Diets high in grain and vegetables produce alkaline urine, which allows certain stones to form. 1. thing to get changed right off the bat, is the food. Vets are very helpful with figuring out and helping to remedy problems that your dogs are facing. But many of them are uneducated with dog food nutrition. I have studied Dog and Cat nutrition very intensely due to my dog almost dying because our vet recommended Pedigree dog food. Science diet, Hills food from the vet and even in pet stores are CRAP. Any food that you can buy in a grocery store is CRAP. What you feed is what you get out of your dog. and I have helped MANY MANY pet parents learn how to better their dogs lives by just changing what they eat. Your dog needs to avoid food with Grains. If a dog food ingredients has Rice, Brown Rice, Barley, Corn, Grain, Whole Grain, or such grains in the first 5-10 ingredients, its not food your dog is suppose to be eating. GRAIN FREE FOOD is what your dog should be eating in order to loose weight and avoid bladder stones. I suggest Acana because they are Grain Free, First Mate because again they are Grain Free and have always been grain free (My dogs are on this) and other foods that are grain free! Your dog should also be eating twice a day only. As well needing to give it to her at a reduced amount till He/She looses weight. Once in the morning and once at night, food should be measured so you know how much your dog is eating. To help with arthritis, I would look into giving your dog some glucosamine and chondroitin. You can actually give the ones you get at your drug store and mix it in with wet food and give it to her one a spoon. Make sure to get the pill capsule ones so you can open it and mix in with wet food. As well, try and start giving Cranberry supplements to help with the unitary tract. You can as well use the ones you get at the drug stores or go with this brand for animals specifically
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Is there any low protein foods out there apart from Hills
My two senior dogs have been on Science Diet since I got them over 9 years ago. About 2 months ago we bought a bag of Mature Small bites. The food was larger than usual and my husband even questioned if we had grabbed a bag of regular. We double-checked the bag and it was in fact small bites. At the time we didn't think much of it. About a month ago, one of our dogs, Fudge, had to undergo surgery for fatty masses. He had a full blood work-up because of his age and he was deemed healthy and good for surgery. Immediately after the surgery he was doing great until about a week had passed. He stopped eating, started vomiting and had diarrhea. The Dr's thought he was having a reaction to one of the meds and it was causing an ulcer. They ran blood tests and he had become diabetic and was in renal failure. After two days, and thousands of dollars, in the pet ICU, Drs were unable to save him and we had to put him down. Right around the same time one of our other dogs, Bella, started to exhibit some of the same symptoms. She started drinking tons of water, vomiting and pacing as if she was in pain or uncomfortable. We immediately took her to the vet the day after Fudge passed away. The vet said she now had diabetes and pancreatitis. She is now on two shots of insulin a day and a special diet. We also have a puppy who is perfectly healthy and ate all the same treats as our older dogs, so the vet said he believes it to be the dog food as that was the only thing our two senior dogs ate that our puppy did not.