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Old December 13th, 2009, 10:55 PM
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Struvite Bladder Stones in Schnauzers

I am new to this forum. I own two minature Schnauzers that I adore. Over the last year both of them have developed Struvite Bladder stones. Luckily they were struvite stones that can be disolved with a special food available only from the vet, as far as I know. It has taken almost six months to disolve the stones accompanied by regular visits to the vet for urine test and xrays to monitor this condition, not to mention the extraordinarily high price for the food to disolve the stones. All that said this experience has run into the thousands of dollars. Money that I have gladly spent to cure my two lovely girls of their problems. The stones have been disolved and I now purchase a maintenance diet food that continues to be priced rediculously high. I have read a number of articles that are of the opinion that diet ie: a quality one has little if any guarantee of a recurence of this condition. I have always, until recently, home prepare the food for my dogs. Chicken thighs, brown rice, vegtables, vitamins, all top quality ingredients. After all this prologue, my question is can I go back to a home prepared diet or a top quality purchased food that is reasonably priced, without causing a relapse of this condition in my dogs. I do realize that their are no guarantees in this area. I have read that some dogs have a predisposition to this condition, that has no relation to diet at all. Does anyone have any more information on this topic, or suggestions. All offerings are welcome.

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Old December 14th, 2009, 12:21 AM
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Welcome to pets.ca Bill102M

I have never had a dog with this problem but have heard that once the stones have been dissolved it is best to feed a raw or homecooked diet.

I'm sure other members here will be able to help you more.
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