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Old 09-07-2016, 02:10 PM
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Struvite crystals in puppy

Hey all, I am new here. I have a 13 week old boxer puppy that since I got her at 8 weeks old has had struvite crystals in her urine. I have tried everything I can find and the vet isn't being a lot of help. She is too young to eat the prescription foods to dissolve the crystals and I was told I would just have to wait until she's old enough to eat it. She asks to urinate every 5-10 minutes which is very frustrating when you have stuff to get done and kids to take care of. So this is what I have tried so far... I have put her on distilled water, she is on a cranberry/mannose supplement, probiotic, methionine, solid gold berry balance, she is eating raw primal food and I add extra water to her food. I don't know what else to do. Everytime I test her urine her ph is 8-9 and has tons of crystals in it. Urine culture was negative for bacteria but was on a round of clavamox anyways. Any other ideas? And any ideas as to why such a young dog would have this issue already? We are so attached to her and the breeder has offered to take her back but I'm not sure I can do that!! Thanks for listening
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13 weeks? What brand of food are you feeding the dog?
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How long has the dog been eating primal? And only chicken? A dog can't live on chicken alone, it's not balanced. It'll probably be cheaper to feed from the grocery store. The dog is going to need beef, pork, and whatever else - as well as organs.

So there's no infections?
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She is eating primal raw chicken formula and it is a balanced meal with chicken and fruits and veggies. She has been eating it for a month. And no there's no infection. We sent in a urine culture and no bacteria.

ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Necks, Chicken Gizzards, Organic Kale, Organic Carrots, Organic Squash, Chicken Livers, Organic Broccoli, Organic Apples, Cranberries, Blueberries, Organic Pumpkin Seeds, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Montmorillonite Clay, Organic Parsley, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Salmon Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Quinoa Sprout Powder, Dried Organic Kelp, Alfalfa, Vitamin E Supplement.
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This is why I don't like the packaged raw meals.

That's sort of a balanced meal, but not a balanced diet. An unbalanced diet can actually lead to many medical issues, and from what I've read can throw the PH off as well.

Nowhere in that list do I see organ meats - liver, kidney, pancreas etc. And like I say, dogs can't live on basic chicken alone, raw fed dogs need variety. Organ meats are a must.

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What do u suggest? She was eating Iams when we got her from the breeder then the holistic vet recommended switching to vegan food to dissolve the crystals, which I did for 3 days then after reading on the Internet that vegetables actually cause the urine to be alkaline I switched to primal and haven't talked to the vet about food again
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What do u suggest? She was eating Iams when we got her from the breeder then the holistic vet recommended switching to vegan food to dissolve the crystals, which I did for 3 days then after reading on the Internet that vegetables actually cause the urine to be alkaline I switched to primal and haven't talked to the vet about food again
Iams is bad. Raw is great, but needs to be done properly. This is a great guide to starting out.
How to get started feeding a Prey Model Raw Diet - Raw Chat - PMR Articles - articles - Prey Model Raw

I'd stop feeding the bag meals and start buying meats at the grocery store. If you're going to maintain raw, switch the dog to pork as soon as you can. Then you can transition to beef.

It doesn't need to be organic or top of the line, but feeding raw correctly is very important. And likely cheaper than these bagged meals. Many times I buy frozen whole meats that are discounted.

It's generally a recipe of 80% meat with fat - they need the raw fat.
10% edible bone - it has to be edible.
10% organ meats. What I do is buy a bunch of organ meats - liver, kidney, pancreas, tripe etc - into a blender. Put it into flexible silicon trays - I buy those from local donation stores for cheap and freeze.
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My Doberman when she was a puppy had struvite crystals. She was checked out by the Vet and as she had no infection (no UTI) and as she was a puppy they did not want to put her on any prescription diet, I actually did not do anything.

I feed a good brand of kibble and it cleared up on its own and she has never had a problem since.
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My Doberman when she was a puppy had struvite crystals. She was checked out by the Vet and as she had no infection (no UTI) and as she was a puppy they did not want to put her on any prescription diet, I actually did not do anything.

I feed a good brand of kibble and it cleared up on its own and she has never had a problem since.
How long did it take to clear up? It's been 5 weeks now and she still pees every 5 mins. ?
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