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Homemade food for dogs with urinary bladder stones

Struvites (magnesium phosphates)

Struvites are the most common urinary bladder stones diagnosed in dogs.  Most often dogs will form magnesium phosphate urolith ( struvite stones) because of the urinary tract infection. Chronic urinary tract infection is difficult to diagnose based on simple urinalysis. Urine cultures or even cultures of urinary bladder wall and urolith are necessary in some cases to diagnose urinary tract infection.

Struvites will rarely form without bacterial infection!!! Knowing that, if your dog has struvites urinary bladder stones treat your dog for urinary tract infection first. Diet may help with prevention and dissolution, but if infection is present than success will be unlikely.

Homemade diets for dogs with struvites should have nearly normal amounts of magnesium. Moderate reduction of magnesium may lead to calcium oxalate stones formation. Salt should be added to promote a greater water intake and production of dilute urine. The rest of the components should remain the same, as it would be for a regular homemade dog food.

Rice and cheese

2/3 cup Cottage cheese 2%
1 Large egg (boiled)
2 cups Rice (Brown or White)
2 tsp. Oil (Corn, Canola, Olive)
1/2 Oz. Brewer's yeast
1/4 tsp. Salt substitute (potassium chloride)
Multivitamins + Bone meal tabs

 
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