What kind of influence does feeding a struvite prevention diet have on the occurrence of oxalate stones?
When a dog struggles with struvite at a young age and is fed a struvite prevention diet, has at an older age a slight increased chance to develop calcium oxalate due to several factors. A struvite prevention diet has an adjusted mineral content and ingredients that have an acidifying effect on the urine. The formation of acidic urine results in an increased calcium excretion, thus an increased chance of the formation of calcium oxalate stones. Next to the diet, other factors are also important, such as drinking habits, breed, gender, and age. A dog on a struvite prevention diet has to get its urine regularly checked by a veterinarian. This is to evaluate the struvite prevention diet and to be able to intervene prematurely when calcium oxalate is formed.