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bladder stones

Species: dog | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 16 April 2007 02:16PM | viewed 5179 times
Q Kerry asks:

ALfi was diagnosed with bladder stones in 2005. He had an operation and was prescribed a diet of Hills canine sd for 6 months and then and cd for 6 months. He was then tested and was found to be clear of stones. I gave him Pal tinned dog food which was the lowest protein content I could find thereafter but when he was tested about 6 months later the stones had returned. He has been on canine sd since January 2007 and recent tests show that the stones have again cleared but I have been told by my vets that he needs to stay on this food long term which is costing 50.00 - 60.00 per month. When he was first introduced to the food he was not at all keen and the vet told me I could give him chappie if he really wouldn't eat it. Could I now give him chappie as a cheaper alternative to the canine sd as I am really going to struggle to pay 50.00 - 60.00 every month on a long term basis. The only other foods he has in his diet are one denta-stick each day and 5 dog chocs each day but the stones keep returning. any advice you are able to give me would be greatly appreciated many thanks Kerry

Q Our vet says: I can understand your concern regarding costs of such food. It is difficult to say if Chappie would be suitable for your dog, it certainly is not specially formulated for such conditions. I think you need a good talk with your vet who knows your dog well. If you do decide to take him off the Hills and on to a regular dog food of any type there is always the possibility that the stones will recur again and over time the vets fees for treatment of the stones may cost more than the food?

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