Dog with Recurring Urinary Infections, Crystals, Struvites
Over the last 3 years or so my dog's had urinary infections, crystals, struvites on and off. She's been prescribed a number of different urinary foods, including Royal Canin SO, Hills C/D and Hills U/D.
The latest information that I got from the vet was that she no longer had any bacteria in her urine (after a round of antibiotics) but that she had sediment and Oxalate. He recommended that I take her off the Hills U/D, which she is currently on, and switch her gradually to the Royal Canin SO, as it promotes water intake, and the U/D does not.
Another vet had told me previous to this that she does not have Struvites, and that the SO food is really for Struvites and she recommended switching her to the U/D. So that's why she was on that one.
She has been on the SO food before, and although I am sure my vet is fully capable of recommending what's best, I can't help but wonder if there is another alternative to feeding her prescription food for the rest of her life.
From what I remember it did help get rid of the crystals last time, but as soon as she's off the food, they come back. Additionally, from my little knowledge about pet food, it seems that the ingredients in this food don't seem to be the most natural. And like in humans, the more natural the better.
I would really just like your honest opinion as to whether this condition is something that can be treated with natural food. I'm willing to make homemade dog food if you can recommend ingredients that may help her urinary issues. Whatever's best for Tizik!
Tizik is a 9 year old Jack Russel Terrier.
Thanks for your time/help. I've been meaning to get some sort of consultation with a holistic vet for a while now and thought this might be a good way to start.
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