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Old 02-04-2013, 12:48 PM
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Thanks everyone. I have a feeling Lulu may have diabetes, but I hope I'm wrong. The doctor asked me if she is drinking more water. I have only seen her drinking water a couple of times, but I noticed her water bowl almost empty which is very unusual. I thought Brookley was drinking the water, but last night in the middle of the night Lulu woke me up to open the bedroom door for her to go drink some water. Also, Kay, I did get pee at 3:30 this morning in a glass jar to take with me. I had turned over her puppy pad, and thankfully she didn't seem to notice it was upside down. Just waiting for her to leave me a poo sample and our 10:00 appointment. Will let everyone know.
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Good luck with the appointment. I hope all goes well. I'll be thinking of you xox
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I am in a ton of meetings today at work but I will check for an update. Will also continue praying!
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I am back form the vet. Thankfully she does not have diabetes! Her fecal was negative-which I expected, but wanted everything checked. They did a blood profile-Major SA 090, which I don't know if that is his code or a standard code so I added it if someone knows exactly what it includes. Her urinanlysis did show an excessive amount of purines which the vet said in people would be indicative of having gout. He said it is something dogs can have too, although Lulu did not show full blown symptoms, I believe I remember he did say her urine "spun down to" crystals being present (please forgive I cannot ever quote exactly so I don't want him to sound like the one saying it medically correctly--it is me). In other words, she has excessive levels of purines and cyrstals but it has not developed into stones yet. Now, I don't know that this is the cause of her weight loss--I really doubt it--I think it was discovered as a result of trying to find a reason for the weight loss which we still don't know and are going to find out the results of the blood work by the end of the week (it is slowed up because his first grandchild is to be born this week). BTW, she weighed 5lbs 5oz on his scales. I have come home and studied foods high in purines and venison is a high-purine meat, which she eats venison ZP. I now have a list of low, moderate, and high purine foods so I can work on changing her diet. This happens to be just in time because I think she is now allergic to the venison ZP! She has started scratching a lot--like she did when she was allergic to chicken. I am debating whether to go with Lam ZP which is a moderate purine meat but she may be allergic to lamb--thought she was but haven't tested out that theory completely or go with an egg (low purine/high protein food) in the AM and Acana Pacifica in the PM. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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If her purines are high you would need low purine foods. I would think. Check out this article

Treatment and Prevention of Kidney and Bladder Stones - Whole Dog Journal Article
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Thank you Christie for the article! I had found websites about dalmations and purines and diets that had helped me reached my initial thoughts of lamb ZP or morning egg with of course some additional foods and PM Acana Pacifica, but the article you attached also had an article with a purine content of various foods which let me know lamb ZP and Acana Pacifica won't work. Fromm has a Whitefish and potato I'll look into--not crazy about some of the ingredients, but unless I go with a homemade diet which I can, but I'm a little afraid to do strictly homemade my options are very limited. I really like Sojos, but I don't know how that works for a dog as small as a Chihuahua--I'll have to call them.
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Read some of these:

Healthy Dalmatian Diets: Dog Food Rules to Prevent Urinary Stones and Allergies

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