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After testing my shelties urine, the vet found a UTI and her urine had a lot of calcium oxalate crystals. Xrays were taken and sent to a xray technologist. Results came back and they thought there was a stone in her bladder. Surgery was done, but no stone present. Grrr, make me mad to have put her through surgery for that! anyhow, the vet still feels that this was the right thing to do, as he flushed the crystals out of her bladder.
She's recovering and she's on Royal canine SO. He says she'll have to stay on this food for the rest of her life. I read a lot of conflicting info on the net and wonder what any of you would have to recommend? ok to stay on that diet or is there better alternative?
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I looked up the RC SO food and it is a low protein and low fat food. The ingredients don't look too terrible, just not what I'd think a dog should eat for the rest of it's life.
However, I would listen to your Vet and try the food for a period of time. There is a Flint River Ranch formula that is considered a "Low Purine" food and is recommended for dogs that can have similar problems as yours does.

The one I am talking about is their Trout and Potato.
http://www.aplus-flint-river-ranch.com/article-healthydalmatiandiet.php

That link is to an interesting article regarding Low Purine diets for dogs. I found it very informative!
Good Luck with your baby! btw, I don't think Royal Canin is a bad food, I feed their German Shepherd formula to my dogs and the Special Cat formula to my cat. These are not prescription diets, but I have had very good results with RC.
 

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hi
i have 3 shelties and 1 doxie who came to me on the so for the same reason as yours right now i am mixing it but i am going to check out the flint river i pay 17.00 for a 5lb bag
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If Flint River is low purine then it is a possiblity for purine stone formers like Dalmatians. Oxalate stone/crystal formers need low oxalate. There are lists of low oxalate foods on the web to figure out if there are any possible regular dog food substitutes for the SO. There is also an amazing dog food diet protocol developed by Leslie Bean called 'Fuzzer Food' after one of her dogs that dissolved all his wall to wall KIDNEY stones and lived several years after the vet told her prepare for his passing.

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