Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Urinary UC Low Purine Dry Dog Food
Purina One Large Breed Adult Dog Food was chosen to represent the others in the line for this review.
Then there are the issues of price and palatability. Some of the formulas can cost upwards of $2 a day to feed a 50 lb. dog, compared to $1 or less for most premium healthy pet food brands. Plus, many dogs do not take well to the diets – not at all surprising given the lack of protein sources in many cases – and need to have gravies (which can be high in purines) or treats added to the foods before they'll eat them.
In contrast, some of the newer scientifically developed premium health dog foods do meet the ideal diet criteria for Dalmatians while also delivering a highly nutritious, balanced wellness diet that can be helpful in the possible prevention and/or treatment of urinary stones and problems. Flint River Ranch in particular has developed several premium wellness dog food formulas that offer the highest quality human-grade protein and grain sources without using major ingredients high in purines.
so in the end, that 42 lbs of dog food only costed purina 50c to make
Purina ONE Large Breed Adult Formula Dog Food
Purines are natural substances present in the food which your dog should avoid. Find out more about the low purine foods which are good for your dog in this post. As many owners and breeders will attest, Dalmatians are wonderfully unique dogs with personalities and appearances unlike those of any other breed. Dalmatians are also unique from all other dog breeds in the way they metabolize "purine-yielding foods," which can unfortunately lead to the formation of urinary and/or kidney stones, especially in male Dalmatians. Special diets low in purines (components of certain foods – primarily found in animal proteins – that metabolize into uric acid in the body), high in complex carbohydrates (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables help rid the body of extra uric acid), low in fat (fat holds onto uric acid in the kidneys), and moderately low in protein are recommended to help prevent the formation of urinary stones. (Low-purine diets for dogs are often similar in nature to those recommended for humans suffering from gout or kidney stones.) Nutritional supplements such as potassium citrates (for preventing calcium oxalate crystals) and sodium bicarbonate (for preventing cystine crystals) may also be encouraged. While Dalmatians uniquely metabolize purine-yielding foods, they certainly do not hold exclusive domain over urinary tract infections and stone-related problems. Other dog breeds predisposed to (the clinical term for urinary stone health issues) and similar urinary issues include the Beagle, Bulldog, Basset Hound, Cocker Spaniel, Bichon Frise, Miniature Schnauzer, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Poodle, Miniature Schnauzer, Yorkshire Terrier, Dachshund, Newfoundland, Irish and Scottish Terrier, and Irish Setter.