Yes, your Dog can Develop Bladder Stones

You may be surprised to find out that yes your fur baby can develop bladder stones. While there are things that a pet parent can do to reduce the chances of your love one developing bladder stones, some of the causes of this problem cannot be controlled.

The first problem with prevention is the fact that there are several different types of bladder stones with many different causes. Also, certain stones appear only when your dog reaches a certain age. Another factor is breed. As you can guess, certain breeds are more likely to develop bladder stones compared to others. So I suppose you can say that another way of preventing bladder stone problems is not to own one of these breeds but…….most fur baby parents would not pick this choice. In doing so, the best prevention is to always make clean, fresh water available and keep your baby at a healthy weight.

But how do you know that your dog has a bladder stone? Well, believe it or not he/she will tell you by the behavior. If your dog is potty trained and you begin to puddles of urine on the floor or your dog has a problem peeing then chances are there is a bladder stone. Also, if you see blood in the urine this can be an indication of a bladder stone. To get to the true issue, you will need to take your dog to the veterinarian.

The type of treatment that your veterinarian may recommend depends on the type of bladder stone. If the bladder stone is a struvite then the cause will be treated. What this means is an antibiotic will be prescribed along with a special diet. The antibiotic treats the urinary tract infection while the special diet forces the dog’s body to produce urine that is more acidic. This acidic liquid will begin to dissolve the bladder stones so that they are easier to pass.

Other types of treatment include surgery to remove the stone(s) and blasting the stone(s) with ultrasonic shock waves that will break up the stone(s) so they can more easily move through the system.

Since the passing of bladder stones can be a painful experience, the key is to be observant as to what your dog is doing when he/she is going to the bathroom. Also, when possible make sure to take your fur baby out often so that he/she can drain their bladder often. Finally, this cannot be said enough and is so important. Make sure that your dog always has fresh water available. Encourage your baby to drink as much water as possible. If this is a challenge consider providing ice cubes in the summer and canned food. The goal every day for your furry family member is one ounce of water per pound of weight per day. Meeting this goal will not only make your dog healthier and happier but will make you a “Super” Pet Parent.