Originally Posted by IamBentley
Thank you for your reply! I honestly do not remember what crystals they are but I will call them tomorrow and ask.
Could it still be the pears? He hasn't had one since last year? I dont even want to think about that he has been sick all this time without me realizing it. He didn't act any different this time around.
I will also check with the vet to see what she thinks about his food. I don't know if i want to go raw, I don't know much about it and therefore I assume its really messy, lots of work, and kind of expensive? Will look into it though because I had a feeling this might be a solution.
Oh I didn't realize it's been that long since he's been eating pears. There's honestly no telling. Dogs can be very stoic sometimes. When I worked at the vet clinic, I would see dogs with HUGE bladder stones. Like, a stone the size of a duck egg in a little 15lb poodle. Obviously it didn't grow there overnight, or even in a week. But the dogs would show virtually no noticeable symptoms until the day/week/night they came in.
A lot of vets are not very raw friendly, so she may tell you to just stick to the prescription diet. Those diets are scientifically tested and proven to work for their intended purpose, so it's something she is confident in telling you to use so your dogs health issues don't come back. There's no scientific testing behind raw at all, especially for these kind of health problems, and there are a lot of concerns and misconceptions about raw. I honestly don't fault the vets for their recommendations and being against raw. I knew when I switched my cat that I was doing it at my own risk. But to me, raw made the most sense, both for a general diet and for his urinary issues. I was using the rx canned diet only, because kibble made zero sense at all....It was a mix of stress and the lack of water in kibble that lead to this issue in the first place. The rx diets have added salt to encourage the pets to drink more water, and I wasn't comfortable with that.
Anyway, that's another reason to look into an integrative vet. They are typically a lot more open minded about alternative diets, and are often better versed in canine nutrition.
I probably spend no more than $60-70 a month on raw to feed 2 dogs (weights are 30lbs and 15lbs) and a cat (weighing 10lbs). I get a lot of meat on sale, so it's even less sometimes. It's cheaper than feeding high quality kibble like Acana, Orijen, Fromm, Earthborn etc. It's also WAY cheaper than the rx diet the vet wanted my cat on. That stuff was $2 for 5oz can of food, which is one day's worth for him. I estimate that a day's worth of raw food for him is well under 50 cents. I get a lot of meat for under $2/lb. I get a lot of meat on sale at mexican markets and sometimes asian markets. I regularly get chicken and pork for under $1/lb. I also have people I buy live chickens and rabbits from to feed for pretty cheap. I have a butcher I get free scraps from of venison and beef.
It takes me about 10 minutes to make a weeks worth of meals for all 3 animals. The mess isn't terrible....I just wipe down the counter when I'm done. You get better and more efficient the more you do it. I know a lot of people easily get flustered and frustrated with meal prep, but they sometimes over complicate it too. I don't weigh anything or measure anything. I feed 80% muscle, 10% bone and 10% organ, but it's all eyeballed and guestimated. Balance is achieved over time, so each meal doesn't have to be perfect. It just has to feed the dog.
If you have facebook, I can send you links to a couple groups you can join. One of them has an extensive resource section on how to start feeding raw.