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Kidney Stones & Crystals

Dog food for kidney stones & crystals

Almost all Kidney stones are Calcium Oxalate / CaOx stones, & although they can be present in the bladder they are more often found in the kidneys.  Wherever they are located they generally show themselves as blood or calcium oxalate crystals in the urine.

Whilst the presence of crystals is a concern, it does not necessarily mean your dog is at risk of forming (or has formed) stones. Crystals are only truly significant if found in very fresh urine (30 minutes old max) because they can form during storage & refrigeration.  Often therefore vets seek to monitor & re-test more than once before drawing any firm conclusions.

The accepted wisdom on how to feed a dog prone to kidney stones is somewhat mixed but feeding a food that contains predominately low oxalate ingredients may be a good idea.  Low oxalate ingredients include meat & fish of all kinds, white rice, corn/maize, oats, brown rice, peas & white potatoes (avoid all but the smallest quantities of barley, wheat/cereals & sweet potato). 

Although recent research suggests that reducing protein & phosphorus is not necessary, it’s our experience that many vets believe this to be a good idea. Obviously, it’s important that you follow your vet’s advice on this, so we’ve listed a range of foods that contain low-oxalate ingredients but with different protein & phosphorus contents.

What is universally agreed upon is the importance of ensuring your dog drinks lots (& lots) of water &, equally important, that they can relieve themselves at regular intervals.  Holding urine causes it to become more & more concentrated which in turn provides an ideal environment for the crystals to form into stones.  Distilled water is much preferable to tap water (and there are many tap-water distilling jugs available). In addition, using bottled mineral water in between meals has recently been shown to have a favourable effect on reducing stone formation.  

We therefore highly recommend adding distilled/tap water to their dinners &, if possible, putting mineral water in their water bowl.

 

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Happy Go Lightly (Turkey & Rice)

  • Wheat & Gluten free, hypoallergenic formula that's gentle on kidneys & on tums
  • Ideal for low-moderately active dogs. Only 8% fat & 0.8% phosphorus
  • Protein: 23%, Fat: 8%, Fibre: 3.5%, Calories: c. 346k/cal per 100g
  • 2kg & 12kg bags (48kg Bulk Deal Also Available)
£0.00
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Happy Go Lightly Small Bite (Turkey & Rice)

  • Wheat & Gluten free, gentle, hypoallergenic formula with added joint support
  • Ideal for low-moderately active dogs. Only 8% fat & 0.8% phosphorus
  • Protein: 23%, Fat: 8%, Fibre: 3.5%, Calories: c. 346k/cal per 100g
  • 2kg & 12kg bags (48kg Bulk Deal Also Available)
£0.00
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Happy Go Lightly Senior (Turkey & Rice)

  • Wheat & Gluten free, gentle, hypoallergenic formula with added joint support & l-carnitine
  • Ideal for low-moderately active senior dogs. Only 8% fat & 0.7% phosphorus
  • Protein: 20%, Fat: 8%, Fibre: 4%, Calories: c. 342k/cal per 100g
  • 2kg & 12kg bags (48kg Bulk Deal Also Available)
£0.00
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In the Pink (Salmon & Potato)

  • Wheat & Gluten free, hypoallergenic with lots of Omega 3's from freshly prepared salmon
  • Ideal for hungry & moderately active med-large dogs
  • Protein: 22%, Fat: 11%, Fibre: 3%, Calories: c. 357k/cal per 100g
  • 2kg & 12kg bags (48kg Bulk Deal Also Available)
£0.00
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In The Pink - small bite (Salmon & Potato)

  • Wheat & Gluten free, hypoallergenic with lots of Omega 3's from over 40% salmon!
  • For low-moderately active small breed dogs
  • Protein: 22%, Fat: 11%, Fibre: 3%, Calories: c. 357k/cal per 100g
  • 2kg & 12kg bags (48kg Bulk Deal Also Available)
£0.00
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Vim 'n' Vigour (Duck & Potato)

  • Wheat & Grain free, low-allergen with strong protein count
  • Ideal for sensitive or allergy prone moderately active dogs
  • Protein: 26%, Fat: 11%, Fibre: 4%, Calories: c. 350k/cal per 100g
  • 2kg & 12kg bags (48kg Bulk Deal Also Available)
£0.00
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Mighty Meaty (original) Poultry & Fish

  • Based around the principles of raw feeding = 80% meat/fish + grain free veg, herbs etc.
  • With added Joint Support, Omega 3 & healthful herbs & botanicals. Suitable for puppies too!
  • Protein: 37%, Fat: 15%, Fibre: 3%, Calories: c. 374k/cal per 100g
  • 1.5kg & 13.5kg bags (54kg Bulk Deal Also Available)
    £0.00
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    Mighty Meaty Fish Medley (Active Dog)

    • Based around the principles of raw feeding = 80% fish + grain free veg, herbs etc.
    • Added Joint Support, healthful herbs & botanicals & packed with Omega 3. Suitable for puppies too!
    • Protein: 35%, Fat: 20%, Fibre: 2%, Calories: c. 406k/cal per 100g
    • 1.5kg & 13.5kg bags (54kg Bulk Deal Also Available)
    £0.00
    Picture of Top Drawer Fish & Sweet Potato 395g

    Top Drawer Fish & Sweet Potato 395g

    • A delicious paté style wet food - use as a complete meal or topper
    • Gluten Free with 60% fish plus rice & vegetables. Lower phosphorus.
    • Added salmon oil, seaweed, cranberry & joint support
    • Protein: 10%, Fat: 7%, Fibre: 0.3% (Dry Matter: Protein: 36.5%, Fat: 25.5, Fibre: 1.09%)
    From £1.39
    Picture of Top Drawer Lamb & Rice 395g

    Top Drawer Lamb & Rice 395g

    • A delicious paté style wet food - use as a complete meal or topper
    • Gluten Free with 60% lamb plus rice & vegetables
    • Added salmon oil, seaweed, cranberry & joint support
    • Protein: 10%, Fat: 7%, Fibre: 0.3% (Dry Matter: Protein: 36.5%, Fat: 25.5, Fibre: 1.09%)
    From £1.07
    Picture of Top Drawer Chicken & Rice 395g

    Top Drawer Chicken & Rice 395g

    • A delicious paté style wet food - use as a complete meal or topper
    • Gluten Free with 60% chicken plus rice & vegetables
    • Added salmon oil, seaweed, cranberry & joint support
    • Protein: 10%, Fat: 7%, Fibre: 0.3% (Dry Matter: Protein: 36.5%, Fat: 25.5, Fibre: 1.09%)
    From £1.07