What to Feed a Dog with Thyroid Problems & Struvite Crystals
I have a 3 year old welsh cardigan corgi Kimbo (the corgi with the tail) who was diagnosed this spring with a thyroid condition...he is currently doing very well on the soloxine and is a new dog after starting this medicine. I can provide dosage of the soloxine and his thyroid levels both before and after the meds began if need be. He has been on the soloxine for a few months now.
However, this summer a few times during the day i would find urine accidents on the carpet...a trip to the vet and urine sample found struvite crystals in his urine. The vet then prescribed the Royal Canin SO dog food.
I am NOT a fan of most commercial dog foods and was feeding Flint River Ranch at the time to him (a private label dry dog food)and had been told years ago by a holistic vet that this dry dog food was 'better than' average.
That vet at the time also encouraged me to feed raw or cooked. But I currently have 5 corgis and to be honest it was a bit inconvenient. However, the research i have done suggests that a lot of the problems Kimbo has had could be rectified with a raw/natural type diet. Kimbo weighs roughly 30 pounds.
ALL my dogs are walked 1-2 hours throughout the day, rain, shine or snow regardless of temperature (i live in the high mountains of Colorado). They are very active and but as they age i have noticed small health issues starting to arise. Even tho Kimbo is only 3...the thyroid issue made me a bit nervous and since his diagnosis of struvites I have started to re-think the raw diet option.
What do you suggest to feed a dog that has the thyroid issue and the struvite crystals? I will be carrying this advise over to the other 4 corgis in the house unless you suggest a very specific diet only for Kimbo.
Thank you very much for your help.
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