jojo the pogo
Posted : 7/12/2006 8:56:53 PM
I agree with Diane303. I had a cat with struvite crystals (I know not the same thing) but after doing research I discovered a number of things I could do to prevent struvite crystals again.
1. Keep you baby on canned food or at least mostly canned food, as the moisture will flush the bladder out before crystals form.
2. Give distilled water. Tap water and Well water contain minerals that cause crystals. Even a human doctor will tell a person with a UTI to drink distilled water.
3. Use a glass, ceramic, or metal bowl - plastic absorbs bacteria that will make an infection worse.
4. Cranberry powder (Solid Gold makes a berry meal that is specifilly meant to prevent crystals)
My vet is a natural vet and she recommends low protien canned food for UTI dogs and even cats. The one that she recommends is Innova Senior, but I'd be worried about feeding that to a pup. I used to work for a pet store and I know that other vets have recommended Nutro Senior, Eagle Pack, SD Senior (although I wouldn't feed that). If you want to mix a little dry food with it, Solid Gold makes a formula called Holistique (yes it's actually spelled that way). Solid Gold says it's designed for dogs with UTI's kidney and liver problems. But definatly mix it with canned food for the moisture and the fat.