Originally Posted by Juniper
Thanks so much, everyone! Pat & Alix, I have ordered the book by Dr. Strombeck from my library, and am hoping that it will be in when I get home to Toronto next week. Should I be looking for a mineral restricted diet, then? Will a mineral restricted diet help prevent crystals? (Oh, and I'm uncertain what kind of crystals they were - the vet only told me crystals, without specifying, so I will have to ask). I am a bit nervous about bringing this all up with my vet, as they are very anti-'natural' food (they gave me a paper they'd printed up last time I brought it up which said that byproducts are okay
) and they push the prescription diets hard (they're always trying to get me to switch), so I am guessing they are going to be against me making food at home, too. Anyone know how I can find a vet who would be supportive of a natural, homemade diet? Should I just call around and ask, or is there possibly some kind of directory? Thanks again!
Hi, it really does depend on which kind of crystals - struvite (which can be dealt with by a dietary approach and are easier to deal with per my vet's opinion) and calcium oxalate. The urinary ph is what is key - and how often one feeds as well as what one feeds varies depending on which type of crystals.
Here is a link that seems to me (under advanced search) to also list holistic vets in canada as well as through the US): click here
I would try to find a holistic vet, interview them to be sure you feel they are the right match for you and your pets, and work with them. Ultimately, if it were me, I'd hope to find a vet who works via both traditional and more holistic approaches, kind of straddling both worlds
I do know that Dr. Strombeck is highly regarded...when I was talking about one of his recipes being published on the internet, my vet said he'd been one of her professors in vet school