Integrating Custom Homemade Recipes into Medical Programs for Dogs with Calcium Oxalate Crystals and Stones:
For reasons we don’t understand, certain breeds of dogs are prone to forming oxalate urinary crystals and eventually stones, no matter which prescription food owners choose, hoping to prevent them. But we do know that combining oxalate-free ingredients and carefully supplementing calcium, can prevent the recurrence of calcium oxalate crystals and stones. The Healthier Homemade dog food recipes for calcium oxalate crystals and stones contain ingredients to manage this condition.
Meat is oxalate free and white rice is very low in oxalates, so these homemade dog food recipes are virtually oxalate-free. The recipe's calcium content is more than adequate for proper bone maintenance yet below the minimum considered by veterinary internal medicine specialists as ideal to manage the condition.
Diet cannot dissolve calcium oxalate stones, so surgical removal of calcium oxalate bladder stones is necessary for successful management of the condition. It also means that calcium oxalate mineralization in kidneys will not dissolve, but it will not increase on this diet.
Your dog’s diet is only one tool for the management of calcium oxalates, it is not a substitute for a comprehensive veterinary management plan. The plan may include urine alkalizers, acidifiers, and monitoring with quarterly urinalyses and x-rays for the first year on the program to make sure it is controlling crystalluria.
These patients should be offered only distilled water. The mineral content of municipal or well waters varies dramatically across the United States. Owners should avoid commercial dog treats because they are high in oxalates. Detection of struvite urinary crystals is common on these diets. Semi-annual or annual urinalysis and bladder x-rays should be considered for the life of the patient.
Healthier Homemade recipes for calcium oxalate crystal and stones may not be appropriate for patients that also have dietary restrictions for other conditions (kidney disease, urinary stones, liver shunts or cancer).
All Personalized Healthier Homemade Dog Food diets for calcium oxalate crystals and stones exceed AAFCO and NRC requirements for all daily nutrients.
Each Healthier Homemade Starter Kit includes a nutrition data fact sheet, so owners and their veterinarians can see that all of the 42 daily essential nutrients exceed 100% levels in meals prepared with our recipes, when used as directed. Commercial prescription diets, especially kibble, may be unappealing. Freshly cooked meals make a difference!