Homemade Dog Food for Struvite & PH Balance

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Homemade Dog Food for Struvite & PH Balance
You can whip up a special homemade dog food to relieve your dog's struvite stone condition. (dog image by Renata Osinska from Fotolia.com)

Struvite crystals or stones occur in dogs due to a build up of minerals in the urinary tract. These crystals/stones are most often the result of frequent bladder infections or other infections of the urinary tract. Your dog's diet is a contributor to the formation of struvite stones, as foods that lower the urine's pH create the perfect environment for struvites to form. Dogs with this problem require a diet that creates a higher urinary pH level, and you can make that special dog food right in your own kitchen.

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Things you need

  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 1 lg. hard-boiled egg
  • Fork
  • 2/3 cup lowfat cottage cheese
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 tsp chicken fat
  • 1/2 tsp brewer's yeast
  • 1/4 tsp salt substitute
  • Spoon
  • Airtight storage container

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  1. 1

    Gather your materials and ingredients and place them in your work area. Pre-measure ingredients so that all you have to do is empty them into the mixing bowl.

  2. 2

    Peel the hard-boiled egg and discard the shell. Place the egg into the mixing bowl and smash it into small bits using a fork.

  3. 3

    Add the remaining pre-measured ingredients to the mixing bowl (cottage cheese, brown rice, chicken fat, brewer's yeast and salt substitute).

  4. 4

    Mix the ingredients with a spoon until thoroughly combined.

  5. 5

    Feed your dog 1/2 to 1 cup of the food at each meal (smaller serving sizes for smaller dogs, larger servings for large dogs).

  6. 6

    Pour remaining dog food into an airtight storage container and keep refrigerated until ready to use. Use remaining food within one week and make a new batch.

Tips and warnings

  • Mix the food directly in the storage container to prevent having to wash an extra mixing bowl.
  • Substitute 1/2 cup tuna or 113gr cooked chicken for cottage cheese in the recipe, and 2 to 3 cups cooked potato or macaroni for the rice.
  • Add 1 cup steamed carrots or broccoli to the recipe for added nutritional value.
  • Always consult your veterinarian before placing your dog on a homemade diet, as your veterinarian best understands your dog's nutritional needs.

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