Years ago, I would post to this newsgroup. For
most of my dog's life (he is now 15 years, 5
months old) he has lived on a diet of brown rice,
black eyed peas, calcium, flax-seed oil, and
vitamins. The diet was formulated by:
A few years ago, Max stopped eating the above food
and Dr. Remillard formulated a diet based on corn,
and a protein source. That source has been either
cottage cheese, string cheese, or salmon. Also added
are calcium and vitamins.
At about three years of age, Max had calcium
oxalate bladder stones, so the above diets are low
in oxalates. Additionally,
I have been using potassium citrate to keep his
urine PH between 6.75 and 8.00 as these stones
develop in acidic urine. The cheapest source of
potassium citrate is here:
Early on, to figure out the amount of potassium
to administer, I used these ph indicators:
pH-Fix test strips 4.5 to 10, 100 PK
I have purchased the strips from various sources.
Urine PH has a circadian rhythm. Acidic in the
and becoming increasing basic as the dog eats.
I administer the potassium citrate with all his
meals with the
largest dose included with his meal at 9:30 PM.
I am not a veterinarian, so it is best to consult
to determine a starting dose.
Max's hearing is not good and he is arthritic. He
certainly no longer does these:
But he still chases a rope toy and wags his tail.
Also these days he "walks himself" in the house.
Generally he eliminates in our bathrooms or
on hardwood floors. If he uses the carpet, our
Bissell Little Green Machine
can well clean up the mess.
We love our Max, but like us all: he is mortal.
We cherish our time with him.
I hope this update will help others.