How can I treat my dog for struvite when he/she is already on a diet with a different indication?
When your dog is being treated with a different dietary food for a different condition and also develops struvite, it is not recommended to just switch to a struvite preventative diet. Your veterinarian will decide if this is possible. The most important function of an anti struvite diet is lowering the urinary pH. When the pH of the urine is lowered enough, struvite stone formation will be prevented. It is also possible to lower the urinary pH by supplying specific supplements. This way your dog can stay on the current diet and still have the favourable acidic urine. Examples of commercially used products are DL-methionine and ammonium chloride. Always consult your veterinarian before treating your dog with acidifying supplements. When your dog suffers from kidney failure, acidic urine is not desirable.