Re: Dog healing through correct diet
That's some pretty interesting information Invincible. So, you're saying the preponderance of Calcium (it's alkaline? i was not aware of that) is likely a natural bio-result of the dog's body trying to do what it was designed to do - maintain balance? And that this balance is generally out of whack due to the quality of commercial food?
Don't get me wrong. I'm happy to have found this Vet. This past Tuesday, I took the trouble of driving hours to Pittsburgh through snow just to visit the Vet we were already familiar with, and it turned out that for a second time they were unable to surgically remove the stones. I dropped him off at 9AM. By 2 PM, I had not heard anything, so I went back to the office, found that he was still under anesthesia, and witin the hour found out that after they prepped him, they started to go in, and spent a few hours comging to the conclusion that they could not handle the situation. They closed him up, gave him back to me and it ended up costing close to $500 just to find out that they could not get the job done. By Thursday I'd located this new Vet within 10 minutes of home. We had a quick visit that day. The next morning, I dropped him off at 9 AM, by 10:15 AM, the phone rang to tell me it was all over, they got it all taken care of, and I even got a baggie of the stones PLUS digital Xrays on CD. If you read the earlier description, you might have noticed that this new Vet gave a cursory explanation of the basic dilemma certain breeds have in maintaining "a delicate balance" of Acid V Alkaline in the urine. I do not know if it was because he was unable to explain OR if he thought I would not understand the technical explanation, but either way, he sort of gave me a glossed over "well, it's just really tricky, if it goes a little too acidic, you get calcium stones, if it goes a little alkaline, you get struvites". If I follow what you are saying, the Calcium buildup is indicating his body is trying to provide some alkalinity (courtesy of leachign from the bones) in order to overcome the acidity from a commercial diet.... do I have this right?
Thanks. I need to look into the raw options a little more closely. As it is right now, the new Vet set me up with a 10 pound bag of this scientific diet that is supposed to be made expressly to handle a dog with Calcium Stone urinary problems. From what I've been told, in order for this diet to have any chance of working, I can only give this dog this food, religiously, no exceptions, no other food, no snacks, no treats, just this food...... or else!