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Hino-chan’s Test Results

Today was the first day snow fell and piled up at ARK.
It was quite a whirlwind of weather today from winds blowing the snow around and turning everything in sight white, to the sun shining down on us. Fortunately, not a lot of snow piled up and we were able to get through the day with no problems.


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Today was the first day snow fell and piled up at ARK.
It was quite a whirlwind of weather today from winds blowing the snow around and turning everything in sight white, to the sun shining down on us. Fortunately, not a lot of snow piled up and we were able to get through the day with no problems.


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So let me get on to the main reason for this entry: the results of Hino-chan’s urine tests.
The struvite crystals are gone and his PH balance is normal. Hino-chan is in good health!
Aside from giving prescription food, below is what I found to be helpful in preventing struvite:

 Increasing water intake by adding water to his dry food
 Lowering his stress levels and giving him lots of exercise
 Giving him large amounts of Vitamin C (I used supplements intended for people)
 Giving him methionine (supplements that contain methionine, which is an amino acid)
(As for food, I gave him 10g/time of sanma (mackerel pike) or raw meat. Bones contain calcium and are alkaline so I didn’t allow him to eat bones.)


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It’s not really my place to say, but as dogs are meat eaters, it doesn’t seem strange to me that they can become sick from eating prescription or regular dog food that contains mainly grains. Just like human food, dog food can also contain harmful substances, so it is the owner’s responsibility to feed his/her pet safe food. It is a given that humans and dogs should not eat dangerous foods, but of course food labels are not going to say “There’s lots of carcinogens in this product” or tell us if the food is dangerous. Consumers simply have to use their heads when choosing food.

Dogs that are continuously tied to a rope in the garden and taken for a walk just to go pee, dogs who bark at people and other dogs passing by, and overweight dogs, they are all susceptible to struvite because they are stressed or lacking enough exercise.


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Even though I tried the dog food brand California Natural, Hino-chan’s PH balance did not drop. I worried about this until I started giving him methionine supplements. Within a few days, his PH balance was normal. I thought about continuing to give him California Natural while he stayed at my house but other foods seem to be ok. Of course homemade food is also fine, so I don’t think the family who adopts him will have to worry about what to feed him.

Many thanks to all who donated food for Hino-chan. I really appreciated it!
Hey, Hino-chan, say thank you!

Oh yeah, it’s the New Year holiday from tomorrow, but maybe somebody will be interested in meeting Hino-chan so I will take him to work with me!


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