Best Food for Dog Prone to Bladder Stones?

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  1. UpTheIrons

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    My mother's dog had surgery to remove stones in her bladder many many years ago. The vet told my mother to purchase Science Diet, and of course she did as the vet said. She has not had any bladder stones on Science Diet, but I would prefer her to go on a better quality food. What would you suggest for her to switch over to thats of higher quality but still helps prevent stones from forming?
     
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    I'm unsure of a food that specifically is designed for that (I could be wrong of course) - but off the top of my head, Halo is worth a try - it's very gentle and really good for sensitive dogs or dogs prone to alot of allergies. Firstmate is a good quality food with very limited ingredients - it has a lower protein content though so just be ok with that before you try it.

    Good luck and hope your mom's dog is doing better!
     
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    From what I'm reading, it says to make sure the dog gets plenty of water to flush out their system. Some vets were saying to feed canned food so they get lots of moisture in their system. There are many high quality food out there. I wonder if a grain free food would be best. I would talk to your vet and do some more research.
     
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    I think I read wet food is good... But not my area of expertise. Personally I would do raw. You could always float the kibble.
     
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    Liberty has specialized canned food but it's really expensive. I'll check the name etc tonight.

    Also make sure the dog is staying hydrated as that can also be a contributing factor.
     
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    what kind of bladder stones?
     
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    I dont think my mother knows what kind. i will ask her though. Chloe had them probably 7 or 8 years ago, and it has not happened since. The vet said she needs low protein food to keep it from happening again. Thanks everyone for their replies so far.
     
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    http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/13_4/features/Detecting-Urinary-Stones-Dogs_16215-1.html

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    Thanks for posting that Greenmagick! :yikes: I will be sure to show this to my mother, and suggest to her to look for a new vet!
     
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    However, other types of stones/crystals (ie Calcium Oxylate) are different.
     
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    My aunts dog had both types of crystals, one inside the other. She was told by her vet to do low protein prescription food. The dog would not eat it and still was getting them. She switched to raw and hasnt had any since.
     
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    Yeah, I don't know enough about Calcium Oxylate stones to know what particular diet is best for a dog prone to them, but they are a totally different creature than struvites, which are caused by UTIs and have nothing to do with diet.
     

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