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I have a golden retriever/lab mix about 21 months which has been diagnosed with crystals in the urine and also gastritis in the abdomen. I would like information on a good grain free food ( for the gastritis) and also a low ph to help lower the crystals in urine.

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Hello Bette,

I don't agree with the no grain diet, grains contain healthy Phytochemicals needed for proper health.

For foods with low ph I recommend all the foods from Flint River Ranch http://www.frrco.com/120855  With a pH = 6.4 these are good for dogs with digestive issues.  This from their website: "There are 2 common pH numbers: the pH of the food itself and the pH generally measured in the urine after eating the food." These foods also contain "good grains" needed for good health.

If you do decide to switch over to grain-free food, there are a few different kinds to choose from. Grain-free kibble, which typically contains potato or vegetable matter, is the most convenient on the market. Freeze dried grain free food is another option. All you need to do is add water to these pellets or nuggets.
According to a study published by the American Veterinary Medical Association, foods with cooked grains are fine.  Captive wolves are fed commercial dog food, and live longer than those in the wild. And while dogs find raw grains hard to digest, they do not seem to have a problem with cooked grains.  
There are many fine one's on the market... Just look up grain free to select one to try.

As a dog lover and I have made dogs my profession.  I always recommend a supplement called NuVet Plus.  Every dog needs to have these a part of their diet.  
http://www.nuvet.com/42299 (not sold to the general public order code needed when ordering)

Susan
www.spottsgrooming.com  

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Dry food, canned food, homemade recipes,I can help you in choosing the right food for your pet. Nutrition by supplements for health is also a topic I enjoy talking about and therefore is one of the best things you can do for your pet. Ask about The Healthy Pet Challenge I am Not a veterinarian so any of my comments/answers to your questions are Not to be used as veterinarian's advise, diagnosis, or treatment. Please Do Not ask me any questions concerning medical advise, diagnosis, or treatment.

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over 20 years of professional dog grooming, I have talked with a lot of people about pet foods. I have seven plus years of studying nutrition in dog health and diet. Seven plus years as an independent field representative with Flint River Ranch pet food and six plus years as a representative in the Health Pet Challenge business featuring Life's Abundance dog and cat food, treats, vitamins. Over 8 years as a distributor for NuVet Plus pet supplements. I enjoy talking and informing my clients about nutritional support to help with their pet's well being. Owner of Spotts Grooming and Holistic Pet Foods.

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Healthy Pet Challenge - We are devoted to helping pets live longer, healthier lives through superior nutrition. Take the Healthy Pet Challenge Today! www.pipschoice.com Healthy Pet Biz - training website

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The Healthy Dog Spotts Dog Care

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Continuing eduction from Life's Abundance Holistic pet food formulator, Dr. Jane Bicks and Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM at Healthy Pet Biz

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Over seven years of pet food and supplement customers throughout the United States and Canada

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