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Chase as an alternative to prescription brands?

I work in a pet store and we learn as much about the choices so we can help our customers choose the best food for their pets, and lately Dr Tim’s has become of the ones we feel confident about recommending to our customers. I have a question for you. We often have cats with UTI and other symptoms of renal disorders whose owners are tired of paying for the prescription diets, which seem to run counter to today’s findings that a high protein low carb diet is optimal for such compromised kitties. We usually recommend high protein, low card wet food, but given Chase kibbles’ low ash in addition high protein, do you feel comfortable offering it as an alternative to the prescription brands? Any caveats?

Laurie

Thank you for the kind words and confidence with our food lines. The Chase Cat Food is made for the urinary issues that cats can run into, such as the struvite type crystals, FUS issues but also hairball prevention and aiding in controlling the stress problems an indoor cat undergoes. Kidney or renal issues are still something that the veterinarian of that particular feline should be asked as to the diet that might be best but the thing that I believe in is lots of water consumption for a kidney problem cat. How to encourage that tends to be more in the canned food department, moving water sources(faucet, waterfall, etc. as they drink more with this method of offering water.)

So, with a kidney cat a canned food may have higher protein but it also brings in a lot of water versus a dry food. So a high protein, low carb dry food is better suited for the diabetic or fat cat versus the kidney cat, in my opinion.

Timothy A. Hunt, DVM

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Jennifer    11.01.11

Hello Dr. Tim,
I have a 12 1/2 year old Corgi mix who has been on a prescription food for Calcium Oxalate crystals for quite some time. While the food helps prevent the crystals, she has gained a lot of weight even though for a dog her age she is pretty active. I adjusted her food intake months ago and still no change. To sum it up I am unhappy with the 2 main prescription choices I have for feeding her as both have rotten side effects. Are there any of the foods that you produce that could be fed instead? Canned or dry I don’t care if I can get her off the nasty stuff she is on now:)

Carolyn    11.01.11

I am looking for a healthier food for my dog who is on prescription food to deter struvite bladder stones. Do any of your foods help with this issue, and if not is there anything else you could recommend? What ingredients do we need to avoid and what are good for him?

admin    11.01.11

Struvite stones do indicate a certain type of food, water intake, etc. Tends to be a breed specific problem and avoidance of certain nutrients. Kinesis may work for this dog but we would want to have regular urine chec ups to make sure the struvite crystals do not redevelop. I would check a urine sample for this 3-4 weeks after any diet change to make sure you are on the right path with regards to these crystals.

Kristy Rosteet    11.01.11

I have an 8 year old boxer who has had chronic bladder infections for the past year. There are no tumors or stones in her bladder. She has been on Hill’s c/d diet for approximately six months. Do you make a dog food that we could use in place of this product. I do not have much faith in Hill’s products. If not, could you recommend another food? What is it in these RX diet foods that is better for dogs with UTI’s?

admin    11.01.11

Hi Kristy;

Depends on what was found in the urinalysis. If there were crystals I would need to know the type. Typically, boxers might get struvite crystals that are a result of long term bladder infections. I don’t have a food that is like C/D but I like to go with a heavy meat based food as it would tend to make a lower pH urine. Momentum would be the choice and I would add cranberry capsules, say 2 twice a day. I have had dogs where the only thing that has worked long term is C/D. As you have a female, also consider the use of Proin for incontinence as recurrent bladder infections in a female can be due to micro-incontinence.

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