Arthritis, Kidney Stones And Yeast Ear Infections

I am often asked questions like this, so thought I'd publish this for you all to see, so you can all see how to improve your pets' health.

I just ordered another jar of Pet Plus for my 10yo Bichon/Maltese. It's helping his arthritis!

What would cause kidney stones & yeast infections in his ears? I thought I had him on a good dry dog food~now I'm not so sure.

How & what food would someone start their dog on a raw food diet when they are currently on dry dog food without causing any further problems? Any suggestions would be helpful.

A PET Plus Customer

My Response

The dried food is the most likely cause of his problems, so I'd recommend you change to raw. As you're in USA, I just looked on the web and found several different raw dog food manufacturers.

What To Feed

Personally, I prefer to buy minced meat and bone then liquidize my own green vegetables and add Pet Plus. I avoid complicated mixes and certainly do not advocate mixing fruit with the meat and bone mix.

Only when they're used to eating the raw food in minced form would I consider feeding actual raw meaty bones.

So after about a month on minced meat and bone, give raw meaty bones like raw chicken wings, raw chicken drumsticks and raw chicken carcasses about 3 times a week. Remember that raw means totally uncooked, not previously cooked and left to get cold

Try to imitate the natural eating habits of dogs. They would eat whole herbivores, like rabbits, so they consume the meat and bone, organs, guts, fur, toe nails....the whole lot!

So the liquidized greens and Pet Plus simulate the guts of the herbivore and the meat and bone mince provide the meat, organ meat and bone! I don't think we need to add minced fur and toe nails really!!

How To Start Feeding Raw

So I'd suggest you get a good quality minced meat and bone mix, let it defrost overnight naturally in a bowl.

Liquidize / pulverize some green vegetables (broccoli, spinach, parsley, celery...a good variety of greens) and mix them in with the mince, about 40% veg to 60% meat and bone.

Add Pet Plus, and for the first few weeks, mix in his usual food too, so you're doing a 50:50 mix for the first week or two. Gradually reduce the processed food and increase the raw mixture, till you stop the processed stuff altogether after about a month.

What To Avoid

Always avoid gluten (so any dried biscuit kibble type of food) and dairy. They are the main causes of allergic reactions and yeast infections in ears, because the allergic reaction creates inflammation which produces a warm moist environment which yeasts and other bugs just adore! So eliminate the cause so healing can take place.


Hydration is essential as all mammals are about 75 - 80% water. So feeding dried food means the poor animal has to drink as much as possible to try and keep hydrated.

It's much, much better to feed wet raw food which contains all that natural liquid, so they are getting hydrated from both their food and any water they choose to drink. Make sure also that the water is filtered and fresh every day. If they're drinking out of puddles and ponds, it's because the water in their bowl is not fit to drink!

Dehydration is certainly a great contributor to kidney stones. I did it to myself 25 years ago when I had pneumonia and didn't bother to drink. That was before I knew anything useful about nutrition, even though I was a fully qualified vet!

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6 comments on “Arthritis, Kidney Stones And Yeast Ear Infections”

  1. Hi Suzi,

    My Mum has a 13 year old Collie x Spaniel called Merlin. He suffers quite badly with arthritis in his back legs, and also suffers on and off with itchy skin.

    Merlin is being fed a mixture of James Wellbeloved dry food and Naturediet.

    My Mum currently gives Merlin Metacam, but is looking for a more natural way to treat the arthritis. She is interested in the raw food diet, but is concerned that Merlin is too old to switch to raw after being fed dried/ tinned/ packet food for so long.

    I would very much welcome your advise.


    1. Hi Natalie,

      Thanks for your question. You certainly can gently change Merlin onto raw food, but I'd suggest you do it over a month or two, gradually increasing the amount of raw food and decreasing the processed food.

      A good way to start is to add Pet Plus and Aloe Vera (from a health food shop) to his current food. That will gently introduce his system to live nutrients again and begin the process of gentle detoxification. Aloe Vera is also a natural anti-inflammatory, with no side effects.

      After a couple of weeks on Pet Plus, you could add a desert spoon full of raw meat to his current food. Gradually increase this and decrease his processed food. Simultaneously, add some liquidized greens, a little at first then gradually increasing.

      If at any time he looks miserable, he may just be detoxifying too fast, so go back one or two steps for a few days until he's happy again, then gradually increase the raw again.

      This rarely happens! Usually, they just get more and more energetic, but I did have one older dog just last week who looked miserable after her owner changed her onto raw very quickly, so she started giving her cooked vegetables and she's fine. She's gradually introducing liquidized greens again now, but more slowly!

      Raw egg is another excellent food. It's so easy to digest.

      Let me know how you get on. Feel free to ask for help too.



      1. Hi Suzi,

        Thanks very much for the information.

        My Mum has ordered a tub of Pet Plus and some Aloe Vera for Merlin, and is going to slowly introduce raw food.

        How much meat/bone and veg would you recommend Merlin have once he is ready to go all raw? He weighs 15kg.



        1. Hi Natalie,

          The exact amount will vary according to how energetic he is, but about a pound (1/2 kg) of minced up meat and bone per day would be about right. The liquidized greens would be about the same volume or maybe 2/3 of the volume of meat and bone. Vary the amount you give him according to how he's doing. So if he's putting on too much weight, reduce the meat and bone. If he's losing weight, increase it.

          Hope that's helpful.


  2. Hi Suzi,
    THANK YOU so much for responding to my questions regarding arthritis, kidney stones & ear (aural) infections!
    I just wanted to let you know that we received our 2nd order of Pet Plus and have also started Frosty on a raw meat & vegetable diet. Things are going very well so far thanks to your suggestions. I found a raw food company here in the U.S. (Darwin's). They sent us frozen bags of dog food which can be portioned to the eating habits of Frosty. So I am slowly weaning him off the dry dog food on to the raw diet. We are also giving him pieces of raw vegetables thoughout the day and he is LOVING everything! I can't thank you enough for your help! Sincerely, Dawn

    1. Thank you Dawn for your comment!
      It's so gratifying to hear the results! Well done for taking the plunge so to speak!
      Spread the word!

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