By Wendy Lefebvre – Raw Feeding Advice and Support
General Overview- NOTE: Not all Dalmatians have purine issues.
A low purine diet is not a necessity if a dog or cat has not had a history of stones or shown a sign of crystals in the urine.
Dalmatians have a different kidney and liver process which makes them more prone to these issues, but it doesn’t always happen. It is recommended to feed a traditional balanced raw diet if your pet does not have a history or is showing current signs. However, with breeds more susceptible to these problems you must check urine PH regularly.
If low purine is a must, then all organs must be avoided. Red meats and oily fish need to be fed in moderation. Below is information for a tailored low purine raw diet. Unlike PMR & BARF model diets, low purine diets will focus on providing meats listed in the moderate to low purine list and organs are kept to a minimal (Lamb liver is the only recommended liver to feed in small amounts). Guidelines for low purine will follow a modified BARF guideline of 78% muscle meat-10% bone-10% low purine veggies-2%lamb liver. If you cannot source lambs liver, exclude this ratio and add it to the muscle meat ratio.
Food items high in purine:
Calf sweetbread (thymus gland)
Chicken liver & heart
Pork Heart & liver
Fish items high in purine:
Vegetables high in purine:
Beans/Legumes (not green beans)
Food items moderate in purine
Beef muscle meat
Chicken muscle meat
Duck Lamb heart
Lamb muscle meat
Pork muscle meat
Food items low in purine:
Supplementing is a MUST!
If feeding a low purine diet:
All oils should be cold pressed and organic.
Kelp should be organic, GMO free, and gluten free.
Cod liver oil
Vitamin E B complex
Apple Cider Vinegar
Steamed cranberries -or- Cranberry supplement
Fermented *low purine* veggies
Kefir is also recommended to increase the moisture content in each meal. Feed the thawed defrosted juices, add bone broth, and add water to the meals to increase moisture intake.
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