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Bladder stones begin as crystals that form stones within the urinary system, including the kidneys, ureters, & urethra. There are several types of bladder stones & they can fill up 80% of the bladder space! Pets can have single or multiple stones.
Some breeds that are more prone to stones include:
- Basset Hound
- Cocker spaniel
- Miniature schnauzer
- Welsh Corgi
Other factors that increase risk include:
Genetics, abnormal urine pH, type of diet, & urinary tract infections.
Not all pets with stones show symptoms! In fact, sometimes the discovery of bladder stones happens on a routine vet check!
If your pet is suffering from bladder stones, they may show:
- Straining/signs of pain while urinating
- Staying in the urinating position
- Urinating more frequently, w/little output
- Bloody urine, Vomiting, Loss of appetite
If your pet shows these signs, please contact your vet! Your vet will review your pet’s history, perform an exam, & recommend some tests:
- A urinalysis & urine culture to rule out a uti & to evaluate the the kidney health
- Blood tests to evaluate kidney, liver, & pancreatic function, as well as sugar levels
- A complete blood count (CBC) to rule out blood-related conditions
- Electrolyte tests to ensure your pet isn’t dehydrated or suffering from an electrolyte imbalance
- A thyroid test to rule out hypothyroidism
- X-rays/ultrasound of the urinary tract to identify stones, crystals, or tumors
- A stone analysis of any stones passed in the urine or surgically removed
The ultimate goal is to dissolve the stones, remove them, & prevent them from recurring. Your vet will determine the right treatment, which can include:
- Fluid Therapy to flush the kidneys & urinary tract
- Antibiotic or Pain medication
- Surgery to remove the stones
- Prescription diets to dissolve some types of bladder stones & prevent them from recurring