Bichon Frise Health Issues!

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admin:
Before you get any pet take the time to check for health issues, temperment, allergies and more. Bichon Frise do have issues as any breed does. See the following URL for health issues.
http://www.k9web.com/dog-faqs/

Bichon related URL below
http://www.bichon.org/health.htm also see http://www.bichon.org/faq.htm for more information before you buy a Bichon Frise.

LorraineR:
Bichons are great and I love them.  However, they do tend to suffer from bladder stones.  Our female bichon has had 4 cycstotomies to remove these large stones.  Our vet was suggesting that we put her down as she was a "stone former" and would have to be operated on frequently.  Thankfully, we found a new vet and she suggested a food by Waltham's "lower urinary tract support".  This food has been a life saver.  Our Emerald is now one healthy and happy dog with new life and vigor.  I would strongly suggest this to all owners whose dogs suffer from bladder stones.

Gayaleen mitchell:
Hi loraine. It was very interesting reading about your bichon having kindey stones and i am so pleased you found another vet who was supportive. I am so pleased that your bichon is so much better and that you didnot have to put him down. I had a  bichon who also had a kidney stone that was the size of a apricot stone. The vet removed it and he was so much better. My bichon had liver problems and the vet said that was what caused the stone. Because he had liver problems the vet said i would need to put him down, he lasted another 7 yrs, i am so thankful i didnot. He still had lots of fun and enjoyment and lots of visits to the vet but i loved him and miss him very much. T hank you all so much for giving me the oppurtunity to reply to your website, it is fantasic. Thanks Im from New Zealand. :)http:// 8)

Nomdeplume:
Hello

Oxalate cyrstal precipitaton (kidney stones to you and I) are caused
by an incomplete metabolism of carbohydrates.    For unknown reasons,
in humans this can be prevented by supplementing with B6 and
magnesium.   (This is for oxalate type stones only Not urea type
stones.).   No noe knows if it helps the krebs cycle, or simply
prevents the precipitation in the kidneys.

Since both are water soluable and excreted if given in too high a
dose, I certainly would try it on my own dog.   Just take the human
recommended dose and divide it appropriately.

How do I know this?  I had oxalate type stones.  The doctor wated to
put me on diuretics for life, which I flatly refused to do.  It took a
LOT of research and hours in the library, but I did find out about it.
AND I am not on a pack of medication to make up for my electrolytes
being disrupted by diuretics, as I surely would have been had I
folowed my urologist's advice..    

When I am faithful with the supplements, no more stones. (12 years)
However, whenever I feel something unusual, like I did for months
leading to the acute pain and ureter blockage, I go back on the
supplements.  It takes a while, but I have not had any more stone
episodes requiring lithotrypsy or the like.

FWIW, I find Science Diet food to be less than satisfactory.  I tend
not to trust it, even though their marketing skills are without peer.
And to people who should know better

Good Luck
Sara

Above message copied from rec.pets.health

Marshall Dermer:
My dog had calcium oxalate bladder stones and is now on a black-eyed
pea/brown-rice diet as detailed in Donald Strombeck's home-cooked
diets:

Home-Prepared Dog & Cat Diets: the Healthful Alternative
by Donald R. Strombeck

List Price: $39.99  Publisher: Iowa State University Press
Salesrank: 15,355
Released: 15 January, 1999

Our Price: $39.99

The key in dealing with oxalate uroliths is making certain the
patient drinks lots of water so as to produce dilute urine. Also,
low-protein diets that produce more alkaline urine are desirable (PH
6.5-7.5). The peas/rice diet above is loaded with water (provides
Vitamin B6 and magnesium), and produces urine in the desirable
range.

--Marshall

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