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Old 01-22-2014, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Honest Kitchen Diet Test.
I have a 6 month old GSD puppy that has been pledged with UTIís, 3 so far. Once she finishes her meds about 2 days later the beginning symptoms return and she goes back on antibiotics. Her first UTI the vet found that her PH level was high, so he recommended we switch her diet, we did. 2 days after her she finished her meds, the 2nd UTI came; the vet gave us the same meds and wanted to check her urine once she had been on the meds for a while to make sure the antibiotics were doing the job. 1 week later, urine check turned up that the antibiotics worked but her HP level had gone up even higher than before and now there was protein in her urine. The vet recommended we give her vitamin C tablets once a day in effort to lower her HP level. 2 weeks later she finished her meds and like clockwork, the UTI returned. After that I started doing my own research on a new diet in an effort to fix the problem, The Honest Kitchen was recommended by a friend and after a lot of research I spoke to my vet about switching her and he gave us the green light.
She has had 2 meals with half kibble and half Keen from HK and so far so good. Before she would only eat her food if she was really hungry and now she licks the bowl clean. This morning she saw me pull that box out; she flipped out and couldnít wait to dig in. Iím going to keep updating this thread as the weeks go on and hopefully this diet change will fix her UTI problem.
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I'm all for THK and wish you the best of luck on it. I posted my dog's story in their website.
True Stories: Molly | The Honest Kitchen

I'm also curious if your vet ever did a culture and sensitivity test to determine the best anti-biotics to use? My MIL gets UTI that are difficult to treat, and this is what works best for her, rather than a broad spectrum antibiotic.
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I'm all for THK and wish you the best of luck on it. I posted my dog's story in their website.
True Stories: Molly | The Honest Kitchen

I'm also curious if your vet ever did a culture and sensitivity test to determine the best anti-biotics to use? My MIL gets UTI that are difficult to treat, and this is what works best for her, rather than a broad spectrum antibiotic.
Iím so glad THK worked for you. The stores and review are what sold me on it, seems like 90% of the people who try it say itís amazing. I just really hope it works for Ridley.

Our vet did not do a culture yet, he didnít want us to spend $130 for a culture if we could fix it holistically. If this problem doesnít get fixed soon we will be getting a culture. He gave us an antibiotic that was designed for UTI's and one that he had great success with but after the 2nd one Iím glad he didnít want to keep her on meds without still exploring the true cause. He made calls and a plan of action to find and fix the problem, made me feel a lot better to have a plan of action set in place.
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So it’s been almost 4 days since i started Ridley on The Honest Kitchen Keen diet and so far so good. She's excited to eat now and licks her bowl clean every time. She seems to have more energy, her coat is already softer, she's urinating more and when she does urinate it’s not a dark yellow color anymore. Her urinations are a good amount and she doesn’t seem to be straining or in pain while urinating anymore. I know it’s only been 4 days but so far i see nothing but improvement. I’ll keep updating and let you know what her HP level is when we go to the vet again.
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So one full week after starting Ridley on THK Keen diet all is still going great. Well other than her being a brat haha I am waiting for my vet to call me back tomorrow to see about testing her PH levels again to see if they are going down or not. Also i wanna get some at home PH testers so i can monitor her PH levels without taking her into the vet every time. She hasnít been drinking a lot of water lately so Iíve been adding more water to her mix to make sure sheís getting enough fluids. After we are done with the Keen box we are going to make the switch to Embark because its grain free. We are still mixing half kibble half THK, but i would like to switch her to 100% THK soon. As soon as i can get her PH levels Iíll have an update to see if all this work is helping her UTI's.
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Have you considered going to a prey model raw diet in the future? It likely will have the same good results but might be much cheaper than Honest Kitchen. I like Honest kitchen... however, it is a bit costly in the long run.
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Well we got the results back from Ridleyís urine and nothing has changed, Her PH level is 8.5 and the protein is still in her urine. My wife, our vet and I are very frustrated. Our vet said he is going to make some phone calls to some specialists he knows and see if we can make a plan that wonít break the bank. We are still on vitamin C tablets and our vet has done research on cranberry extract but has been advised by a nutritionist not to give that to a dog younger than 18 months. So we are going to switch her food to something with higher protein but still a THK product. We are looking at their grain free dog food with more protein like the Embark or Love. Our vet is hoping that the protein in the urine is a product of the high HP levels, although itís unusually, he has seen it before and this isnít a usually case. So we are going to look into THK menu and find a high protein food and make the switch. If anyone has any recommendations on other ways to add protein to their dogís food, please let me know.
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Have you considered going to a prey model raw diet in the future? It likely will have the same good results but might be much cheaper than Honest Kitchen. I like Honest kitchen... however, it is a bit costly in the long run.
Tell me more about this. Is it just an all raw diet?
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You can always add raw meat to your Honest Kitchen.
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Tell me more about this. Is it just an all raw diet?
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Prey model raw diet is all an all raw diet based on what canine ancestors ate in the wild. All meat, fish and eggs. The whole animal, bones and all.
There is an abundance of information on the raw/barf forum I linked to above.
You start slow with just one protein source. Most people start with chicken because it is easy to get. After 1 to 2 weeks you add another protein source. Eventually you add in organ meat from the different proteins and green tripe.
It takes a bit to understand all the nuances of the diet but once you get the hang of it, it is quit simple.
The key is to do the research first...and then go slow. It's not for everybody but most dogs do better than well on a raw diet.

Not all vets are in favor of raw diet feeding and may try to discourage you.
I'm sure others will chime in and tell you the many positives of a raw diet and offer help with understanding how to feed raw.
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