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I'm new here and have the sweetest Hav girl who is almost four yrs old. In trying to take really good care of her, I have tried to buy good dog food. She has a wonderful coat but after switching to Royal Canine small dog, picky eater variety, she developed a huge bladder stone which formed from urine which not acid enough. She had to have bladder surgery to remove it. We are now on a Hills Urinary Health food from the vet. Piper's urine is quite dark at times and she is not a big water drinker. We have well water. Got any ideas for us. I sure don't want my little to go through that again. Thanks so much. Dana N
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I don't know if it was food that caused your pup's problem or if she just had a predisposition in that direction. I DO know that Hill's foods are not rated highly from a nutritional perspective.


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I have dealt with stones in the past- no fun at all.
My suggestion would be to get bottled water for her to drink- and maybe add canned food to her kibble -some canned can be almost 80% water which will help with her water intake. If she isn't drinking enough than there is a good chance the stones could come back-


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I thought the same thing, about adding canned food to up her water intake.

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Putting her on canned food was also a vet suggestion but it's so much harder to travel. Sounds a bit selfish now that I think of it but I was also given a dry food option. Would it work to add a little water to the top of the dry food? What about some chicken stock? I think I will try the bottled water idea. It just makes sense that the ph may not be the same among all water samples. Thanks, everyone. Dana
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I also remember a few years ago about someone remarking about a dog food that caused stones. I think it was Royal Canine but, of course, the name didn't come to mind until after the stone. Does anyone remember this? Dana
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Dana, do you travel a lot? Does she go with you? That could be a reason she drinks so little.
Also, about a year ago I added extra water dishes around the house. I'm amazed at how much more they drink when it's just more available.
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My beasties love the water fountain bowls. I got the Drinkwell 'Big Dog' drinking fountain 3-4 years ago for my two Aussies. Now it is just one Aussie and Jack but I have to fill it every two-three days still. The cats love it too. I think the trickling sounds remind them to drink (and pee...)




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Switch to distilled water-watch the protein level of the canned food-a lot of can food has over 25-30% protein level even if the can says 8%-mix low oxalate foods (human vegs) with the canned food or the kibble which ever one you decide to feed. Make sure the human food you are feeding is salt free-you don't have to do home cooked meals but adding vegs cuts the protein level.

There is a great yahoo group that will help with the different types of low oxalate food-green beans-cauliflower-broccoli-black eyed peas are just a few I can think of. If you want the yahoo group info just PM me & I will get it for you.

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Dana, do you travel a lot? Does she go with you? That could be a reason she drinks so little.
Also, about a year ago I added extra water dishes around the house. I'm amazed at how much more they drink when it's just more available.
Good luck!
I have a water dish in the kitchen, in their pen and outside. They love to drink outside which is great because they don't drip water from their beards. Good luck to your pup. You might want to check out the dog food a site that rates them. Can't think of it right now. Will check and come back.

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