I have an 8 year old Pekingese that had oxalate stones removed just a couple of weeks ago. He also had them about 4 years ago. I have been feeding him boiled chicken or turkey along with some veggies (carrots, peas, broccoli, cauliflower). Do you have any other suggestions for preventing the stones? Thank you!
There are different types of bladder stones. Some you want to acidify the urine (struvite stones), and others that you can't do much about (oxalate) other than flushing the bladder when small stones form and not feeding any extra calcium. Best to ask your vet what kinds of stones your dog had and what is the best diet. (06/25/2008)
Oxalate is a type of calcium. Broccoli for one has calcium in it. So do the carrots and peas. Is there some reason you are giving him people food instead of dog food? Dog foods avoid these types of foods for this very reason. (10/22/2008)
If it were me, I would drizzle 1 tablespoon of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar on the pooch's food at every meal. (10/22/2008)
Go to a good quality dog food, as people food is not meant for dogs. Have your vet identify what caused the stones, and do an urinalysis on your dog to be sure the urine is not high in the mineral or whatever the stones were made of. They can tell if the urine is in the proper "range" to avoid stones from reforming. (10/22/2008)
It is a fallacy that 'people food' is not meant for dogs, although I am sure you have researched that. That story line was invented by the fledgling dog food industry at the turn of the 20th century. It is true, however, that you don't want to give them people food that is not even fit for people (cookies, chips, any processed foods). Dogs should eat whole foods, not processed. The dog food industry is one of the major causes of poor pet health in America.
To prevent, avoid purine high foods such as organ meats, game meats, brewer's yeast. Do a 'google' search for high purine foods.
Contrary to a posting above oxalate is NOT a type of calcium, however calcium oxalate (CaC2O4, with C2O4 being the oxalate), obviously is a compound with both calcium and oxalate. You can do a very thorough search very quickly tying in oxalate and find all foods (and plants in general) that contain oxalate (rhubarb, spinach, chocolate, kidney beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, soy, philodendron which is a house plant).
The probiotic acidophilus is said to be oxalate destroying, however too much oxalate can kill of the lactobacillus acidophilus (the kind of bacteria found in yogurt). (12/18/2008)
Never just feed your dog meat and vegetables. They need other nutrients in their diet. You will have to supplement with vitamins and other things to keep them healthy. (01/10/2010)
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