CANINE KIDNEY STONES and
ALLERGIC DERMATITIS

What a Combination for a Dog!

Amie Hinchman-Wilcox is a toy poodle with some really difficult health problems. Amie has developed calcium oxalate kidney stones and she received ultra-sound treatments (lithotripsy) at a human hospital. In order to control her stone forming, she needs to be on a special diet. Because she is has severe skin problems and is allergic to commercial pet foods, a homemade custom diet has been developed with the help of canine nutritionists.

The following details our search, discovery and treatment of her health problems. We hope to help others avoid the trial and error process we've explored and avoid mistakes due to ignorance. Note: The author is a nobody - no veterinary or medical training, only a person who has documented the process. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before acting on any information you see here.



The purpose of this site is
~ To provide information to dog owners regarding calcium oxalate kidney stones and allergy;
~ To assist veterinarians with their understanding of these problems;
~ To provide a forum for the exchange of information.

Amie died November 2, 2000. This site has been updated with all the information sent from readers - See Amie's Forum. It is important to review this section because there is a lot of good new info that I am unable to fold into the body of the text.
I will no longer maintain her webpage. If you are interested in this information in book form, email me.
 

ABOUT AMIE

Health Problems, Family of Origin, Early Training, What Amie Likes, Current Health, Amie's Photos
CALCIUM OXALATE KIDNEY STONES
Diagnosis, Lithotripsy, Medications, Monitoring: Urine pH, Symptoms, Lab Tests, Renal Failure, Amie's Veterinarians
SKIN PROBLEMS IN DOGS
Before You Go to the Vet, At the Vet's Office, Environmental Rule-Outs, Food Allergies, Treatment Options
FINDING A DOG DIET THAT WORKS
Commercial Dog Food, Experimenting With Homemade Diets, Elimination Diet for Allergy Testing, Modifications for Calcium Oxalate Kidney Stones, Amie's Custom Recipe for Kidney and Skin Problems
HOW TO WORK WITH VETERINARIANS
Selecting a Care-Giver, What You Should Expect, How to Manage the Care, Your Responsibilities, When and How to Fire Your Vet
IMPORTANT LINKS AND RESOURCES
Kidney Problems, Skin Problems, Dog Food, Health Care, Pet Sites, Veterinary Resources
TRAINING NOTES
Pack Mentality, Consistency, Language, Two-Way Communication; Training Methods: Paper Training, Cage Training, Rewards, Obedience School, Play, Bed Time; Problem Behaviors: Biting, Barking, Chewing, Staying Close Off the Leash, Jumping
AMIE'S FORUM
About Amie's Family, What Others Have Said, email info.
 
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