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I'll look into getting some milk thistle. Initially, the vet was concerned about her kidneys but the SDMA test came back ok (just). I am just thinking that a lower fat diet would benefit her, this seems to be more difficult on raw - even though she's on low purine and lean meats at the moment, with Petplus pro/prebiotics. I will wait until this lump is sorted and then look to change her food. Again, thank you.

Thank you. Ruby also has raised liver enzymes, but the vet thinks this is down to old age. However, this with the raised cholesteral and the need to lose a bit of weight, has led us to looking more closely at fat content. Raw has been good for her in so many other ways, but it may be time to limit the meats to the lower fat range or switch to cooked. I will certainly have a look at the ready made cooked to begin with.

I will look into the prepared cooked food. She will eat absolutely anything so fussiness is not an issue! Fat content being above average in most of the raw is a concern -  so if cooked has less then I can always try it. Is this what you feed yours? Do you add anything in the way of supplements?

Thanks for replying. It was not specifically for cholesterol, she was having a lump biopsy (came back benign, but due to position will be removed) and it was bloods done beforehand due to her age. There were some concerns re kidneys so they sent to lab and kidneys ok, but a few red stars including cholesterol and liver - although the vet thinks the latter is probably age related. She also had dilute urine samples, which the vet thought maybe a kidney issue but the specific blood analysis for this came back ok. Anyway, we are wanting to ensure her diet is friendly to her organs and age, hence my queries regarding raw.

General discussion / Food analysis/nutrients - confused
« on: Apr 14, 2021, 14:42 »
My 11 year old retriever has recently had some pre-op bloods which have thrown up a few concerning figures, leading me to assess what she is eating - cholesterol is too high for one. She is fed commercially prepared raw and I try to favour the lower fat meats - however, when I look at the Food directory and the composition and analysis, I don't fully understand the dials (dry food analysis). In most cases regardless of fat % on packet, it is showing in the dry food analysis as above average in fat. Which should I be taking notice of? I will happily switch her to different type of food - cooked or cold pressed - if that would be better for her.

Thanks for the reply.
So far I have handed in 3 urine tests - 2 in afternoon and today's first thing - the latter not as dilute, but still dilute.
Before the byopsy the vet took bloods and one marker was slightly raised - to do with kidneys, so she sent the bloods off to the lab for more detailed analysis - these came back fine and no issues. What has muddied the waters is the urine tests  - done three times and all dilute.

I always thought blood tests were the more informative, so if kidneys are showing as fine on blood results from the lab, what else could be causing dilute urine? She has said that the only other test would be to look at protein levels  - even though dip stick showed no protein - so take 3 samples over a period of days and send them off to the lab to look at renal function again.. At the moment, the vets are very busy and having a conversation is not easy.

I don't know whether anyone has experienced this or can shed any light.
My retriever was due to go in to have a small lump biopsy and due to her age (11) they took bloods before sedation, one marker was elevated so they sent the bloods to the lab. In the meantime I collected a urine sample, which was dilute, as was a second one - I've taken another in from her first wee this morning and am waiting for the results. She is drinking and weeing normally. The vet doesn't want to sedate until has ensured all is ok.
If the bloods came back ok for kidney then what could be cause of dilute urine? She is fed commercial raw - and I did wonder if the increased fluid in this could result in dilute urine.
Any ideas/thoughts/experiences?
Just had results from thsi morning's sample and it was still dilute, not as much as later in day ones, but the vet doesn't really know. She has said it is possibly early signs of kidney issues - and she could take 3 samples in a row if I want, to send to the lab as they might pick up protein she hasn't. Surely blood tests are more accurate than urine samples? Is there anything else this could be?

Raw feeding / Re: ROR dog food
« on: Dec 14, 2019, 09:52 »
In terms of palatability - I have a dog who will literally eat anything, so not a good judge there! However, I will probably give her this for a few days each week to see how she gets on - I'll let you know how she gets on. She is liable to put on weight - Costswold Raw seemed to help with this whereas Nutriment tended to encourage a bit of weight gain.

Raw feeding / Re: ROR dog food
« on: Dec 13, 2019, 17:05 »
Thank you. It seems to be sold by Pets Corner so whether it is made just for them I don't know. I gave her some of the fish and turkey tonight, so will see how she gets on - it's quite pricey, but handy to have a supplier close by and nuggets defrost quickly. She certainly devoured it, but then eating is never a problem with her!

Raw feeding / ROR dog food
« on: Dec 13, 2019, 08:41 »
Anyone feeding this to their dog? It isn't on the dog food index. Our nearby pet shop has started stocking this, but I noticed it has no bone in it. I don't feed bones to our Goldie, who is an aggressive chomper and tries to swallow something as soon as she thinks she can! Too stressful watching her!

General discussion / Re: Post operation feeding for dog
« on: Sep 18, 2019, 07:16 »
Thanks for the advice. She's home - she ended up having a loose rear tooth removed as well as the Epulis  - she's a bit sad and quiet - she must have a sore mouth, but hopefully she'll pick up. I pureed chicken, carrots and sweet potatoes last night which she devoured! It would take a lot for her appetite to diminish!  Thanks for the help.

General discussion / Re: Post operation feeding for dog
« on: Sep 15, 2019, 19:28 »
Epulis are growths on dogs gums - unfortunately a couple have got bigger and when they interfere with teeth, then best to come out - not looking forward to it. I'll have a look at those suggestions -if it's too late to get delivery in time, then I will see if there's something similar locally or home cook (chicken, carrots, eggs whizzed up) until I can get delivery. Thanks for your help.

General discussion / Post operation feeding for dog
« on: Sep 15, 2019, 08:42 »
Hi, I'd welcome people's experiences/advice.
My ( year old Goldie is due to have gum epulis removed next week. I feed her commercial raw, but have read a couple of articles that suggest giving cooked/wet food post op - possible bacteria issues with raw and gum surgery? I I would probably feel easier giving her something home cooked or good quality wet food like Nature's Menu or Lily's Kitchen. I am sure the vet will give the prescription tinned - would preparing cooked chicken and rice/carrots for example be better? I am not against the vet food, just wonder if it would be too big a contrast to her usual raw. Thanks.

Dog foods / Re: Butternut Box
« on: Jan 11, 2019, 17:50 »
Thanks. I shall have a good read of the different options this weekend; I do think high fat content is probably her issue, so I need to be wary of that.  I assume going from raw to wet or fresh I could just switch rather than wean on to? I know with cold pressed I can mix the two initially if needed.

Dog foods / Re: Butternut Box
« on: Jan 11, 2019, 17:03 »
It's a minefield isn't it?!
I've been avoiding changing but there's no escaping the fact that Ive exchanged one set of health issues (nibbling paw, ear issues) for another (weight gain); with her age I have to make another move to something which suits her and doesn't leave her hungry after meals. She will seriously eat anything - not a chewer, an inhaler! The other possibility is the wet/canned food - any experience of these? I'm not overly keen on returning to dry, more to do with her just swallowing whole! In the meantime I'll have a good look at the food directory and also give Butternut a ring. Thanks

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