Lola is a gorgeous 2 year mixed breed rescue (her owner thinks maybe Labrador and Basset Hound mix) who has suffered from bladder stones and urinary tract infections – a common condition seen in any breed and more likely to affect females than males (and especially small breeds).
Poor Lola had symptoms of squatting to urinate regularly even in the house, and blood in her urine. Her owner took her to the vets immediately as she was well aware that a bladder infection left untreated, could move up to the kidneys and cause kidney damage and be fatal.
Lola had x-rays taken and her urine was analysed and she was found to have struvite crystals in the bladder as shown in the image below.
The vet immediately prescribed a change of diet to a meat-based prescription diet to help dissolve the crystals as well as antibiotics. This is when Lola’s owner contacted me as she had always fed Lola a plant-based diet and she was devastated to be told to stop feeding her what she had chosen and she felt forced to feed the meat based diet from her vet.
Lola was eating a mixture of Benevo and homemade food. Her diligent owner had done her research and she knew to add a supplement, but she had chosen to buy V-Complete from Vegan4Dogs and as Lola did not like the taste of this supplement, she stopped using it to please Lola and keep her eating.
The V-Complete supplement contains the valuable addition of one of the sulphur amino acids Methionine. This particular amino acid that is found in meat, chicken and fish needs to be supplemented in a vegan dog food diet as it has the important function of acidifying the digestive and urinary tract environment and it stops the formation of cysteine crystals with recurrent infections.
By not adding the supplement to her homemade food as she did not like the taste, and by feeding Benevo that does not have the important addition of Methionine amino acid; Lola’s owner felt that she had caused the condition in her little dog that she loves so much!
I reassured her that the condition was irreversible with use of one of the dog food diets that contained Methionine such as Greta, Solo Vegetal, Hownd and Green Crunch, or by using our JUST BE KIND Supplement that contains Methionine.
She filled in the form to receive our Homecook Starter Pack that includes 5 homemade very palatable recipes using our JUST BE KIND Supplement that Lola is very happy eating as the supplement is tasty, contains exactly what she needs and it even has the valuable addition of prebiotics to encourage the growth of her healthy gut microbiome that would have been damaged by use of the antibiotics that she needed to treat the bladder infection.
Her owner kindly sent us photos of Lola as well as this – “Of course you can write up about Lola, use all the details and you’re welcome to use the ultrasound photo too and I’m happy for you to be honest about my mistake of just because Lola didn’t like the supplement of V-Complete, meant that I didn’t give her as much as I should have done – which caused the problem! Her being fussy wasn’t an excuse, I should have switched supplements much sooner. Lesson learnt, the hard way!! Hopefully others may learn sooner.”
She finished the e-mail off with something that just warmed my heart – “I’m so glad there are people like you in the world :)”
We all need a Dora in our lives – her optimism and love of life and her vegan dog food fills us all with such hope!
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Troy was fed a raw food diet all his life but at the age of 12, he transitioned to vegan dog food and the changes seen are astounding!
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Teddy the rescue Jack Russell had a dramatic behaviour change on a homemade plant-based diet
The vet was so concerned that they thought he would eventually have to be put down, he was 1.5 at the time, he’s now 2.5 and thriving
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Frank the Golden Retriever’s Mum is a medical student full of wonderful advice with all her intense research
The choice to transition Lola to plant-based has been the best decision possible to manage Lola’s weight and help with managing her arthritis and health
“He’s my best friend and I want to keep him as happy and as healthy as possible for as long as possible”
The homebaked meals are so wonderful and easy to make and we cook for ourselves everyday so why not cook for our little ones as well?
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