Hino-chan’s Assignment

Hino-chan is doing things at his own pace at my (KK’s) house. I told you in the previous entry that Hino-chan has a problem that needs fixing. That problem is related to his health.

Hino-chan has struvite crystals in his urine, a form of stones containing magnesium ammonium phosphate. We tried treating him with antibiotics for urinary tract infections, but when he goes back on to his regular diet the struvite crystals reappear, causing his urine PH and alkaline balance to decline. But if he eats prescription food his PH balance is fine.

I think a lot of prospective owners would be shocked if they heard that they would have to feed Hino-chan prescription food for the rest of his life. Hino-chan, you’re only a year old; you can’t eat food made specifically for dogs with urinary tract disorders for the rest of your life, can you?

The vet says there is no problem for Hino-chan to eat such food for the rest of his life. I don’t think it’s a lie to say that that eating is directly related to living and health is the most important. But even though theoretically I understand, to eat the same thing for one’s whole life is not natural. It may prevent bladder stones but it could cause other problems.

Many prospective families think prescription food equals a sick animal. Even if I explain to them that feeding the animal the prescription food will prevent sickness, they have trouble understanding. No matter how nice the animals are, if they are eating prescription food then prospective families avoid them.

Prescription food must be purchased at a vet, and it is more expensive than regular dog food. For example, Hino-chan weighs 16kg and it costs about 7,000-10,000 yen per month for Waltham PH Control dog food for him (if purchased through the Internet and not at the vet).
Depending on the person this could be a lot of money, but we want someone who would spend the same amount on a dog with no dietary restrictions (whether they make their own food or buy dog food).

Putting aside expenses, I think it is unnatural to feed prescription food to Hino-chan for the rest of his life. Because he is still young, I want try looking for other ways to improve his health.

To prevent struvite and bladder stones, it is necessary for a dog to have a proper diet and exercise. It would be best to feed him a meat-only diet with no vegetables because they are alkaline, and it’s also important for him to drink plenty of water and not be stressed.

As for food, I did a lot of research and have decided to try Hino-chan on a food called California Natural. It has similar ingredients to the prescription food and it appears that it has helped to prevent struvite in many dogs. It is not so expensive and it is quite easy to buy, so a family could easily continue feeding him this food. I had considered homemade dog food but it would be hard for a family to continue doing that.

I don’t know what will happen. There may be no difference in Hino-chan with the new food. It might turn out that Hino-chan is just prone to getting stones.

Long walks with his back pack on, playing with my dogs, lots of sleep and lots of food and water, and letting him pee when he needs to….I wonder what will happen from now on?
(The picture was taken before Hino-chan’s backpack arrived.)

I think the best medicine will be for him to find a happy home as soon as possible. We’re waiting to hear from you! I’ll bring Hino-chan to ARK anytime to meet you!
(Hino-chan doesn’t like cameras very much so he doesn’t look very good. But he’s even cuter in real life!)

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