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How Much Cranberry For Urine Crystals?


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Our old guy Max has a history of UTIs. We have had success reducing them by wiping his sheath regularly. We just did a recheck of his urine and he has some crystals but my vet suggested not doing anything at this time. She also said cranberry (pills) might help but did not have a recommended dosage. Max is 65 lbs and 11 yrs old. Any suggestions?

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Not that I am a vet, and your should probably ask yours what dosage he would prescribe, we gave Brandy 250 mgs every day with her dinner. I think the minimum would be 200 mgs, but I don't believe it is one of those items where too much will hurt you. Some people just put straight cranberry juice mixed in with their dog's water.

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I'd suggest going back and talking a bit further with your vet.

 

Cranberry products acidify the urine thereby elimiating your "crystal" problem. Unfortunately long term they can swing things the other way and cause stones (Ca oxalate to be precise) and can be hard on the kidneys. There are special diets you can put Max which should balance out his urine without pushing things too far in the other direction.

 

Hills make a diet called CD that would work and there are equivilent products from other manufactuers.

 

I did a little bit of research and could not find a dose for cranberry tablets that I would trust but I did find there are a number of cranberry based products you should be able to get from your vet that do have accurate dosing instructions. Most come in powder form that you sprinkle over food.

 

Mike

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I'd suggest going back and talking a bit further with your vet.

 

Cranberry products acidify the urine thereby elimiating your "crystal" problem. Unfortunately long term they can swing things the other way and cause stones (Ca oxalate to be precise) and can be hard on the kidneys. There are special diets you can put Max which should balance out his urine without pushing things too far in the other direction.

 

Hills make a diet called CD that would work and there are equivilent products from other manufactuers.

 

I did a little bit of research and could not find a dose for cranberry tablets that I would trust but I did find there are a number of cranberry based products you should be able to get from your vet that do have accurate dosing instructions. Most come in powder form that you sprinkle over food.

 

Mike

 

We discussed diet such as CD and my vet felt that it was not called for now. Our discussion went on to something like cranberry that might help.

 

Kathie

 

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