Most pets these days are not eating a species appropriate diet. “Species appropriate diet” is the current buzz word to say our dogs and cats need to eat meat. Instead most pets eat foods based on corn and other byproducts of the human food industry. Don’t get me wrong, I love sweetcorn, but the corn in petfood is what is no longer acceptable to sell to livestock owners at the grain co-op. Corn is used as a protein source in our pets foods. I do not eat corn for protein, do you?
So why should our dogs and cats eat food using corn for protein? And, what is the side effect of eating too much corn and not enough real meat? Our dogs and cats have a urine pH that is not acid enough. Our dogs and cats who eat meat as their number one protein source have nice acid urine. Acid inhibits bacterial growth. So if for some reason one of our pets gets a little bacteria in their bladder, normal acid urine will can kill that bacteria. But if our dog or cat is eating a food based on corn, the bacteria does not die; instead the conditions are right for bacterial growth. If the bacteria stay there for long, crystals form salt around the bacteria and make crystals (struvite). If these crystals build long enough, they can get so big as to block male cat or become a stone needing surgical removal.
Prescription diets that help prevent bladder problems acidify the urine through the use of chemicals. Why not do it naturally with food? So, feed meat to our dogs and cats – either a raw diet or a diet of balanced cooked food. Keep the urine acid, not too acid, and prevent bacterial overgrowth.