Struvite crystals in dogs most often form because of a urinary tract infection. Common bacteria that invade the urine create an environment with a higher (more alkaline) pH which helps the bacteria thrive. Struvite crystals form easily at higher urine pH, and struvite stones can form quickly if enough crystals develop.
How do you treat crystals in dogs urine naturally?
Where struvite crystals have formed stones, the introduction of cranberry extract to your dog’s diet to acidify the urine may be helpful, by counteracting an alkaline pH in your dog’s urinary tract that contributes to struvite crystal formation.
What dog food is good for crystals in urine?
Diets that may help include Royal Canin® Urinary SO, Purina® ProPlan® Veterinary Diet UR Ox™/St™, Hill’s Prescription Diet® w/d® Multi-Benefit, or Rayne Clinical Nutrition Adult Health-RSS™.
How do I know if my dog has crystals in urine?
Symptoms of Dog Urine Crystals
- Pain on urination.
- Difficulty urinating.
- Frequent urination.
- Blood in urine.
- Inappetence or anorexia.
- Sometimes no symptoms at all.
Are struvite crystals painful in dogs?
These animals are very prone to chronic cystitis, as these sharp crystals cause microtrauma to the lining of the bladder that results in discomfort and irritation. To reduce urine pH – which is the goal in most struvite situations – you must feed your pet a Veterinary Prescription food like Royal Canin Urinary S/O.
Is apple cider vinegar good for dogs with bladder stones?
Some pet parents reach for apple cider vinegar in hopes of acidifying their companion’s urine. But this is not necessarily a good idea. “I wouldn’t add anything to increase the acidity of a diet without the supervision of a veterinarian,” says Jeffrey, whose professional interests include preventative care.