I know questions about protein in the diet have been talked to death, but this question is a bit different. My dogs are on Canidae, and also given small amounts of raw, as well as EVO treats and some high protein canned foods mixed with the dry. Three of them have had their urine tested -- Callie, Blue, and Bo. All three of them have elevated levels of protein in their urine which was not there prior to switching the better, higher protein diet.
I asked the vet and he said trace amounts of protein are fine, elevated is okay too however it shows that there may be too much protein in the diet. Now he's a big 'dog chow' fan and not a big fan of better foods or raw feeding.
He said that over time, this elevated protein could cause issues and put a strain on their kidneys (I know, I've heard about dog with kidney probs shouldn't have high protein, but healthy adults are fine).
My question is, has anyone else using a higher protein diet had their dogs urine tested and had the protein level come back high? Was the vet concerned?
Is elevated levels normal? We took Blue off higher protein and put him on a sample of lower protein for a few days and had him tested again. His protein level went from elevated to just trace amounts.
I'm a bit concerned and not sure if this is normal, or am I stressing their organs with their diet.
On top of this, of those three, all three have bad pH levels. Blue's level was extremely low, Callie and Bo had really high pH. In fact, Callie's was off the chart, at almost 10.0. Is this related to the food as well?