09-08-2016, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Linda62185
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
Well, as long as she is still able to pee and not blocked, the crystals being so small can dissolve, but I certaily wouldn't feed any dry commercial kibble of any form. Wet food is what you want, but with that said the primal formula you are feeding, while not a dry food, isn't a complete diet overall, but for a meal is fine. Also, keep in mind it is commercial and you really don't know for sure what ingredients are really there. They can throw in other stuff without your knowledge(as all commercial foods can do). One prevention of crystals is little to no carbs, (which is impossible with kibble), and no grain. It could be in the commercial raw, and you don't realize it. Even tiny amounts. So, prey model is going to be your best bet, but start giving some turkey for a week, then move to pork. True raw has lots of water.
The cranberry is fine, and can help in dissolving the crystals, but if there is any type of infection, the cranberry isn't going to do anything. It doesn't cure something already exsisting, but it will help prevent bacteria build up in the bladder before it starts to cause an infection. It's really more of a preventative. If your PH is 8-9, that's not too terrible high, and they should be able to dissolve. A neutral PH is around 7.
If you don't want to go to full prey model raw, then considering wet food is a big preventative to crystals and stones, then canned or some sort of wet is what I would feed full time.