Struvite Stone Diet For Kidney Or Bladder Struvite Stones

David McCluggage, D.V.M., C.V.A.

Bladder and especially kidney stones are very serious. They can be very hard to treat and eliminate. This diet plan can help our animal with this issue, but you should always continue to work with your local veterinarian.

Traditional Chinese Medicine also seems especially helpful, as does homeopathy. Recommended herbs and supplements will vary by case, and the products listed below are included as guidelines only. Other products may be better indicated to help heal your animal.

Portions can be made up daily then added together at mealtime.

All portions are in a rough volume percent of the total amount fed. This allows for variation by size without worrying about cups, teaspoons, and other measuring devices.

  • 50% of each meal is meat. The type of meat should be varied from time to time. For example, some meats to include:

  • Fish
    Lean ground beef

  • The meats should be cooked right before being fed and the portion adjusted to accommodate for the animal's size (equaling 50% of the total amount of food in the bowl). Cook the meat to a medium point. Do not overcook it. While cooking, add extra water. Stir enough of the extra water into the meal once all ingredients have been added to make a stew-like consistency.
  • 25% of the meal should be a carbohydrate

  • Sweet potato
    White potato
    White rice

    These should be cooked fairly well done, and the skin removed, for the first 60 days following the stone removal, or until the stone has been dissolved. The skin has extra minerals that will contribute to the next stone's formation, if one is going to form.
  • 25% of the diet should be varied, almost daily, and include:
  • Eggs
    Carrots (peeled early on, as the skin has more minerals that contribute to stone formation. later on the carrot can be fed whole and raw)
    Beets (cooked)
    Squash (cooked)

To the above, at each meal add:

  • One high quality multivitamin per meal (consider Rx Vitamins: Rx Essentials for Dogs, and for cats, Rx Vitamins Rx Essentials for Cats.
  • 1/2 to 3 capsules of a Calcium Citramate supplement (cats and small dogs get 1/2 capsule; increase the dose for dogs from there based on the dog's size, where the largest of dogs would get 3 capsules per meal.
  • A small pinch of a "salt substitute" which is actually potassium chloride
  • 1/4 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil (again, cats and small dogs receive the smallest dose and large dogs the maximum dose)

In addition, recommends that the urine is routinely checked to make sure it stays in an acid pH and that a urine culture be performed every 1-3 months for the first year to make sure there is no bacterial cystitis developing. also recommends our proprietary Chinese herbal formula by Wellvet, Cystitis and Dissolve Crystals Formula.

If the pH does not stay acidic, we recommend adding L-Methionine, not DL-Methionine, the synthetic compound).