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Liver shunt- low protein food

April 26th, 2006, 12:12 PM
My mini schnauzer has been diagnosed with a liver shunt, after developing oxalate( ammoniun acid urate stones) and having them block his bladder, thus leading to a number of times to flush them back in/out..

I have read on here and other places that placing him on Hills LD is not the best thing for his health. but , he does need to be on low protein so that he does not develop stones again and again... or will this diet even prevent stones?
As of right now the stones have not been removed through surgery. the last flushing with a catheter has kept them in his bladder.

Any opinions for advice would be greatly appreciated. My vet did say there is a surgery to correct the shunt in Ottawa,( surgery is risky) but first they would have to do a number of tests and the surgery could be anywhere from a 1000 dollars and up.

April 26th, 2006, 01:13 PM
the best low-protein food on the planet comes right from mother nature: raw meat only contains an average of 15% of protein, pure bioavailibilty & easy to digest. no way can any artificial diet replace this... i would strongly suggest into feeding your dog a raw diet to help improve the health conditions.
good luck! :party:

April 26th, 2006, 09:42 PM
Oh, what a tough spot to be in. I don't have much advice but I wish you and your dog all the luck!

April 26th, 2006, 11:53 PM
All the foods I know are 18% or more.. Raw or home cooked might be the way to go. I posted a link to recipes for home cooked in another thread about low protein last week...