Kidney Concerns With Dogs
Bladder and Kidney Stones, and the Purine Problem
Dogs have a urinary system relatively similar to humans. According to dogplace.com, “The dogs
urinary tract is a system made up of the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder and urethra. These organs
work together to produce, transport, store and excrete urine. The urinary tract also rids the body of
many fluid waste materials and products and has other vitally important functions, including
controlling the volume and composition of the body fluids”. Perhaps surprisingly, dogs are often
afflicted by the same kind of disorders surrounding their urinary systems, bladders, and kidneys as
humans. Bladder and kidney stones are one of these relatively common disorders.
Preventing Bladder and Kidney Stones is Key
In humans and dogs, bladder and kidney stones are rock-like mineral formations that develop on the
bladder and kidney. While these stones’ causes are complex, a simple explanation of why they form
is due to natural build-ups of the chemical compounds present in urine, which subsequently develop
into physical growths. As with humans, these bladder and kidney stones are extremely painful, and
both hard and expensive to treat. Preventing them should be a primary concern with regards to
promoting your dog’s overall health and wellbeing.
Regulate a Dog’s Diet
As with a number of other health conditions, though, bladder and kidney stones are somewhat
preventable, as long as a dog’s diet is carefully regulated. This is largely due to a group of proteins
called purines, and the manner in which a dog processes them. When broken down by mammals
(including humans and dogs), purines are converted into uric acid, which is a key component of
urine. In turn, a build-up of purine-derived uric acid is a major cause of bladder and kidney stones in
dogs. Certain breeds are more susceptible to stones than others (The Pet Health Network lists the
Basset Hound, Beagle, Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, Dachshund, Dalmatian, Miniature Shnauzer,
Pekingese, Pug, and Welsh Corgi as particularly vulnerable breeds), and as such you may need to
take measures to restrict dietary purine intake. Common sources of purine dogs may eat include
some types of fish, bacon, game, veal, and offal (i.e. hearts, livers, and kidneys).
Feed a Natural Raw Diet with Little or No Organ Meat
To this end, one of the most effective ways dog owners can restrict purine intake yet maintain
optimum nutrition is by only purchasing foodstuffs which contain a low amount of the protein.
Overall, the best way to achieve this outcome is to feed a natural raw dog food diet with little or no
organ meat. Not only will this allow you, as an owner, to have better control over what your dog is
eating, but quality raw dog foods also tend to be labelled significantly more accurately than
processed foods. This is a highly effective way of ensuring that your dog is able to benefit from the
healthiest species appropriate diet possible, while also solving the purine metabolism problem.
ProDog Raw – Flexible and Inclusive
ProDog Raw is acutely aware of the problems posed by purine, and committed to offering dog
owners a multitude of options around this particular issue. Given that certain breeds are more
susceptible to health problems stemming from it (especially Dalmatians), an integral company policy
is offering customers a range of raw dog food products both with and without offal. This means
ProDog Raw is a flexible and inclusive diet utilising raw dog food for all dogs, even those canines with such health
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