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I'm in search of a new food for my girl. She has had three bladder infections in the past year and is now having incotinence problems. We have tried cranimals and yogurt for urinary support, and have also tried estrogen hormone pills for the incotinence all with minimal results. It goes away, then always comes back! I am hoping a food switch will improve things for her, as she's not even a year old so don't want to medicate her for the rest of her life if it's not needed.

She's currently eating preformatrin lamb and rice ( http://petvalu.com/product/10447/adult-lamb-brown-rice-formula-performatrin)

When we adopted her she had a terrible case of diarrhea caused by what we think was acana food (it went away within two days after we stopped that food, then came back when we reintroduced the acana) so would like to stay away from that brand.

I'd also like to stay reasonably close to the price im paying now if at all possible ( $20/ 5lbs)

Quite a tall order I know.. But does anyone have any suggestions? I was looking at the GO brand lamb formula...thoughts?
 

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If you are suspecting the food is contributing to the bladder problems then you should get her off the proteins and grains in her current food and see if that helps.

What protein was in the Acana you used? You'll also want to avoid that.

Fromm is what I feed and they have some novel proteins like salmon, or pork, and they have grain free formulas.

Zignature is another one that I see recommended on DF. Taste of the Wild may work but some people do have problems with it if their dog has a sensitive stomach, same with Orijen it's a high quality food but is to rich for some dogs.

I've heard good things about Go, but like I said I'd avoid lamb since it may be contributing to the issues she's having.
 
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If you are suspecting the food is contributing to the bladder problems then you should get her off the proteins and grains in her current food and see if that helps.

What protein was in the Acana you used? You'll also want to avoid that.

Fromm is what I feed and they have some novel proteins like salmon, or pork, and they have grain free formulas.

Zignature is another one that I see recommended on DF. Taste of the Wild may work but some people do have problems with it if their dog has a sensitive stomach, same with Orijen it's a high quality food but is to rich for some dogs.

I've heard good things about Go, but like I said I'd avoid lamb since it may be contributing to the issues she's having.
I absolutely agree with you Rain, excellent advice:thumbsup:, I agree to avoid lamb because it seems to be contributing to your problems
 
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I really have nothing to go off of to suspect that food is contributing to the urine problems, it's just something that I can control so I figure I might as well try changing in hopes of some improvement. It was the large breed chicken formula of acana that did not agree with her. So no lamb and no chicken.. Okay. I will do some digging and see what I can come up with.
 

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Are you seeing a vet for the incotinence. What does he say?

If your dog is currently being treated I wouldn't change foods with out consulting with the vet since it might make it harder to rule out causes.
 

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i am seeing a vet for the incotinence, and i ran the food change by her but she didnt seem too concerned with it. didnt really say much about it at all actually, other than there is a hills perscription food for bladder stones that i could try (which i think would be a last resort... too pricey for a not great quality food IMO, plus we already ruled out bladder stones). I did call again today and asked for her to call me back to discuss other options and should get a call back soon.
 

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I really have nothing to go off of to suspect that food is contributing to the urine problems, it's just something that I can control so I figure I might as well try changing in hopes of some improvement. It was the large breed chicken formula of acana that did not agree with her. So no lamb and no chicken.. Okay. I will do some digging and see what I can come up with.
Zignature and Go sensitive and shine have a turkey variety that I have used. Both good quality single proteins and grain free. My dog cannot eat anything with chicken in it or he gets stomach issues. The turkey he does great on.
 

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i found with my Jessie if the food has any form of veggies thats it urine problems non stop. Could it be that with your dog and have you found out if the PH is high? when Jessies urine ph was high we would get heaps of accidents.
 

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Here is my humble opinion gleaned from speaking to a manager of PetValu....Performatrin is (to quote her) "overpriced crap". LOL! Price wise, there are definitely better foods for similar or less money.

We don't get Zignature in Canada (unfortunately), but Fromm, Go, Earthborn Holistics....are all great foods and would keep in line with your current cost of the Performatrin.
 

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Zignature would be my recommendation if you can get it. You could try adding some canned food to your dogs diet for more moisture contest as well. Talk to your vet about supplements to prevent the urinary issues as well. Solid Gold's Berry Balance is a great product.
 

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We had a lots of problems with our sheltie, starting with fur problems, ending with bladder stones... all this food from the stores is a complete nonsense. we tried maybe twenty different brands, but only the raw feeding helped us. more than a year our dog has no problems is healthy and happy. here are a perfect article about the diet: Raw feeding | 2puppies.com
 
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