Thursday, July 31, 2008

Home Cooked Meals

After consulting with the K9kidneydiet group, I've started cooking Scooter's meals, following the Fuzzer Food diet. I've come up with a recipe which includes ground turkey, broccoli, peas, carrots, and potato. Sometimes I'll add some garlic, an egg, or yogurt. This is the first recipe, and I'm sure I'm come up with others for a little variety. I have to add calcium citrate to balance out the phosphorous. She also is getting supplements that will continue every day - B Complex, Vit E, Fish Oil, and Glucosamine. She's still getting the Proin for incontinence. I've discontinued the potassium citrate since I've learned it doesn't do anything for stones, and it contains wheat and sugar. I'm also temporarily giving her Magnesium, Crystal Clear, and Acidopholis since she has a UTI and is on antibiotics (last day). I'm taking a new urine sample in tomorrow to be checked.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Latest urinalysis and diet

Scooter has been drinking a lot and peeing a lot lately. She is frequently having accidents when lying down. I take her out on average every 3 hours, and have been getting up in the middle of the night to take her out. Because of this I was thinking she probably had another infection. I recently bought some PH strips to test her urine, and it is still too acidic. This morning it was 6.25.

I took another urine sample in today to the vet for another urinalysis. The previous one on 6/23 came back clear. Unfortunately this one did NOT. Another roadblock!

The vet said she had a lot of pus and bacteria in her urine, and prescribed 20 tabs of Zeniquin (antibiotic). Curiously, it was $20 higher than the last time we got it in March. Total $119.00 ($77.50 for antibiotics, $41.50 for urinalysis).

The analysis on the stones came back on 7/3 as Calcium Oxalate.

As for her diet, I decided not to feed her the prescription diet and have done much research online to find something suitable. In the meantime, I have been supplementing her current diet with Potassium Citrate granules. I’ve joined an online group on Yahoo called K9kidneydiet, which has been very helpful, and led me to the diet I’m going to fed her.

I’ve decided to start feeding her something called the Fuzzer diet, which is essentially a low oxalate home cooked diet balanced with Calcium Citrate, and supplemented with B-complex, E, and Omega 3s, with the option of adding CoQ10, Magnesium, Lysmachia 3, Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics, and/or Glucosamine. No Vitamin C or D supplements allowed. The diet has worked for many dogs with Oxalate stones. You can find it here if you want to read more: http://www.b-naturals.com/newsletter/category/calcium-oxalate-uroliths/ .

Current diet - distilled water, Innova EVO kibble soaked in distilled water, EVO canned, mixed with low oxalate veggies/grains (will be changing to over to the Fuzzer diet and eliminate the EVO completely)

SUPPLEMENTS:

2x a day:

  • Proin for incontinence 25 mg
  • Crystal Clear 1/3 teas
  • Magnesium 50 mg
  • B Complex 50 mg
  • Flax seed - pinch or 2
  • Potassium Citrate granules (1 scoop contains 300 mg + 423 mg of essential fatty acids -will probably discontinue)

Will add soon on daily basis:

  • Calcium Citrate to home cooked foods
  • Vitamin E in dry form once a day (100-200 IU)
  • Omega 3 Fish oils (1800 mg)
  • Glucosamine