My dog recently had bladder stones, what I can feed her?
My 3 year old female papillon as been on HK for about 2-1/2 years--mostly Force but she has had other flavors too. Her supplements have included at various times vegetables, apple, banana, slightly cooked eggs (she dislikes raw), cottage cheese (stopped this a few months ago), and raw meaty rib beef bones. I've also used frozen raw in the last few months. She developed her first UTI in July 2008 and went on to get 3 more over the next 15 months. It all culminated this week with the removal of a huge stone along with about 100 smaller ones. Specimens are at the labs now but the vet feels certain it is calcium oxalate. So I went on the internet to research what one should avoid when having this problem. The first site I went to nixed half of the ingredients in Force--sweet potatoes, celery, apples, alfalfa, zucchini and green beans. The next site said to include squash and apples and avoid carrots. The next site said feed them vegetables primarily and the next one high protein raw only. Wow, now I am at a loss as to what to feed her.
I love the HK products and would like to use them in conjunction with frozen raw or even homemade. I just need to know what to avoid!! My vet is unfamiliar with HK, sells only high quality food in his office, and is okay with raw but not knowledgeable about it. The one thing he said to me about diet makes a lot of sense--what works for one may not work for all.
One more comment about Ice Pups--my dog loves them frozen after our walks in the hot FL sun. After her surgery I gave her a warm solution and she lapped it all up. I'm going to introduce my vet to this product during our follow-up visit. It's a great way to get liquids into a recovering animal.
I really don't think I'm qualified to give dietary advice for this particular medical issue, as I have no experience with it in my own dogs.
The best advice I could give would be to find a vet or nutritionist that is well versed in raw feeding who can help you devise a feeding plan for your girl so you don't have a reoccurrence of stones.
We have a list here of some vets that our customers have used.