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Struvite Crystals in Urine--Food Recommendations?
Tino is 14 weeks tomorrow. He developed crystals in his urine on Thanksgiving night. I knew something was wrong because his pee behavior changed dramatically and suddenly--peeing all over the yard instead of emptying his bladder in one go, and returning to the pee pad repeatedly only to produce a few drops. Our previous Hav never had urinary issues, but I had a cat who developed crystals/UTIs so I've had some experience with this and I knew to take Tino in right away. His urinalysis showed no UTI but he had struvite crystals. Vet put him on Hill's c/d (not the greatest quality food), which cleared up the issue within one day, thank heavens as I have had UTI's and I know how uncomfortable he must have been.
My question: which food to give moving forward? Breeder was feeding a mix of Eukanuba small puppy and Blue Buffalo small puppy, so I continued that when we brought him home. It's possible that the prepared treats I had been giving him caused the crystals--I actually discontinued them a few days before Thanksgiving because his stools were a little loose, and I have since switched to poached chicken breast for treats. I'm not convinced that his kibble caused the crystals, but don't want to reintroduce either kibble if anyone here knows them to be the cause of crystals. Anyone have experience with either of these foods with regard to urinary pH? Or recommendations as to a brand that you have found to be successful in maintaining proper pH so crystals don't return?
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