Vet Recomended Dog Bladdar Stone Diet

by Marcella and Vet Dog Bladder Stone Diet Recommendation
(Wadsworth, Oh. 44281)

My dog is a schnauzer mix, 10 years old and has some fatty tumors (which haven't been a problem). She was diagnosed with the small bladder stone in May of this year after a bout with an infection.

The xray showed just one small stone. The vet said it could be removed but that they usually return. At her age and, I don't have the money for the surgery, he suggested trying Purina NF canned food and adding more water to the food.

Her urine test in June showed that the infection was gone and less crystals showed in the urine. I've been keeping her on the diet plus I have added a tablespoon of cranberry juice in the morning and night to the food. She seems to be doing fine for now but the food is very expensive.

Is there another way to go with the diet or do I need to stay with the Purina NF? I was hoping that there might be another canned food that would work as well. She will eat anything I feed her.

She weighs 32 #s and active and happy. Please let me know if you think I can find a cheaper diet that would work for her.

Thank you, I hope you can help me and my dog Taylor.


Vet Suggestion Dog Bladder Stone Diet

Reader Question Regarding Best Dog Bladder Stone Diet

Hi Marcella,

I am assuming from your description that your dog was diagnosed with a calcium oxalate stone. If that is not the case, then what I am about to say will not be completely relevant. Talk to your veterinarian about any questions that you might have.

First of all, although the Purina NF is pricier than “regular” food, it is a whole lot cheaper than surgery to remove bladder stones. I am a firm believer of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” so if the Purina NF is working, you might want to reconsider making a change.

That said, there isn’t a whole lot of consensus on what food is best for preventing calcium oxalate stones. The goal is to increase the dog’s water intake using canned food and alkalinize the urine. This could probably be done with any number of foods (Royal Canin SO and Hill’s u/d have some research results that support this). If you absolutely can’t afford a prescription diet, than feeding a high quality, canned, senior food (you should add even more water to it to make a soup) and a medication called potassium citrate would be another option.

Good luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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