Who told you struvite crystals are from high protein?Hello. I have been doing research to find a new food for my boys. I have two bichon frise, Gizmo and Gadget. Gizmo is 5. Gadget is 3.
Gizmo is from an Amish puppy mill and has about 30 food and environmental allergies. He gets two allergy shots every month and takes children's Benedryl twice daily. :frown:
Gadget is from a reputable breeder and would be show quality except for his slight underbite.
Since they come from such different backgrounds, I was extremely surprised when the vet found struvite crystals in both dogs at their annual exams. The only thing that it could be is their diet.
When Gizmo's allergies were first diagnosed, the vet recommended Science Diet z/d Ultra. It seemed to control the allergies, but Gizmo was lethargic and frequently refused to eat. He was under-weight. When I got Gadget, I decided that once Gadget no longer needed puppy food, I would put them both on the same food. After research, I decided to feed them Orijen. I also added canned venison from Evanger's because venison is one of the foods Gizmo can tolerate well. The change in Gizmo was astounding! He gained weight, loved the food, and wanted to play! So, when the vet wanted to put them on a Science Diet for the struvite crystals, I refused. There has to be something better!
The vet the prescribed a powder to acidify their urine. I have been giving them that for only one week, and Gadget has developed awful tear stains and they both have had diarrhea. :frown:
I now realize that they have been getting way too much protein. Hopefully, someone here will be able to suggest an alternative to the Science Diet.
I realize that this is very long. Thanks for taking the time to read it all! :wink:
By the way crystals are not that abnormal or problematic, rather the stones are.