Dale and Debbie Reichard originally brought in their Shnauzer Tobie to CUHA for medical management of his liver shunt.. Tobie had been doing well, but at 9 years of age he was diagnosed with another problem, calcium oxalate bladder stones. These are two medical conditions that have separate dietary plans that do not overlap particularly well. Tobie's veterinarian contacted the Nutrition Service to help create a dietary plan that would help prevent further calcium oxalate stones in the bladder and maintain his liver condition.
We created a diet plan for Tobie consisting of shunt friendly protein sources partially restricted in calcium and phosphorus with moderate sodium content and low oxalate that helped to manage his liver and bladder stone problems. Sadly, Tobie died of cancer 3 years later.
Tobie's owners, the Reichard’s, also own a giant Schnauzer named Niko who was recently diagnosed with an inflammatory bowel disorder with excessive protein loss and poor fat absorption leading to excessive weight loss, which requires an expensive hypoallergenic commercial food. Again, they called the Nutrition Service to see if there was a less expensive alternative to feeding their 85-pound companion. We developed a plan that includes an inexpensive novel ingredient diet based on egg and potato that was low in fat and approrpaitely supplemented. Since starting on his new diet, Niko is doing very well and slowly becoming the vibrant dog they once knew.