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Taking Mug-Y of urinary S/O food...

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    When i took Mug-Y on I was told about his bladder problems and that it had been so severe that he nearly died. since he's been with us he has been on a diet of Royal Canin Urinary S/O wet pouch food and dried food.

    We've had him for nearly six months now and I'm due to take him to the vets in two weeks time. Since he's been with us he hasn't had one bladder problem and the vet has been really impressed considering the stress of being pushed from pillar to post before he got to us. He suggested that after six months, if there had been no bladder issues that Muggs could come off the special diet.

    This kinda worries me...has anyone else done this and been ok? Would it be best to just change his wet food to a high quality normal food and keep him on the biscuits or change them both or not at all??:Dizzy:

    Anyone got any ideas, previous experience??

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    Oh tricky...... I have Mo on Hills prescription low allergen Z/D because of his bowel problems. In the past when he's improved the vets have suggested trying something new and its scared me to death! Once I've got him in a routine I daren't change it. I suppose you could try slowly changing him onto a different good quality food and see how he gets on? What does the vet suggest? PittRotMommy may have some good advice on this one.....
     
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      I need more information on his problems: Was he diagnosed with any urinary crystals/stones or was he simply having recurrent UTI's?

      Either way, I'd recommend having your veterinarian run an out-house urinalysis before deciding to change diets. Just in case something is underlying and only being held at bay by the food...
       
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        Thanks Sam :Smile:

        It's such a nightmare! Because he gets bored of eating the same foods every day I buy 100% chicken or tuna in gravy and add a spoonful of that to his food, which he seems to enjoy and doesn't affect him but it's hard to know what the right choice is.

        The vet said he thinks he'll be ok but it'd just be nice to know if anyone else has changed their sphynx's from urinary to normal successfully.

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        Hi PittRottMommy,

        I'm not 100% sure on what his condition is as it was before he came to live with us but I'm pretty sure it was crystals. The vet said that he nearly died and from what I understand it started after he was attacked by the previous owners lodger :Angry:

        I hope this helps. I am taking him back in 2 weeks to the vet so I will see what else I can find out and asks for the tests.

        Thanks so much for the advice. :Smile:

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        I think it's a good time to navigate away to another food. However, some crystals are persistent and it may not be easy to find a food that works well for him--especially if he's still going to have troubles with crystals. That being said, choose a high quality food like Merrick, Innova, California Naturals, Evo, etc. that won't contribute to urinary problems. I'd also have monthly urinalysis run for the first 2 months and one every other month for 6 months thereafter to make sure no crystals are noted. Usually they'll return in that time, if so. Given he's crystal free, you should be out of the woods.

        Best of luck!
         
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          I had a cat with this problem and everytime we took her off teh food and the problem would come back.
          My sister cat had the problem and needed surgery and has been on c/d for a year.
           
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            That's great he hasn't showed any signs of problems while in your care! I understand that you're nervous about switching. I wish you and Mug-Y best of luck when you do!

            We recently had to put our Izzy on the c/d. . .
             
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