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Ask the Vet About Kidney Stones in Dogs and Cats

Kidney Stones in Dogs & Cats
Symptoms & Diagnosis
Treatment
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Ask the Vet About Kidney Stones in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
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As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Dym has over 19 years of experience and dedication to enhancing the overall health and well-being of pets. His commitment and passion for pet health continuously drives him to learn more about the art and science of homeopathy through ongoing training and education.

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Date: Feb 16, 2017
Category: Kidney Stones
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Treatment

Question:My dog was diagnosed with having dozens of small kidney stones, some in the bladder, and some we are treating right now in his urinary tract. Can they be blasted ultra sonically like they do in humans? We are changing his diet as recommended by our vet.

Answer:Since 98% of stones in dogs are floating around in their bladder, we don't do a lot of lithotripsy in dogs. Certain universities do it, but it ends up being exponentially more expensive than a routine cystotomy that your veterinarian can perform. The diet that your dog is on may totally dissolve the stone without having to worry about any kind of procedure.

Date: Jan 30, 2017
Category: Kidney Stones
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog may have kidney stones

Question:My dog urinated other day about 2 days ago and passed three tiny stones. And today I noticed she has been try to urinate but only small amount come out if any all I was wondering if she has kidney or bladder stones??

Answer:If you saw her pass stones 2 days ago and now she is straining to urinate, she may have a stone lodged in her urethra which is an emergency. Urinary Tract Infections are common with bladder stones and this may be another cause of the straining. Either way, a urinanalysis and a radiograph(X-ray) of her abdomen will help diagnose her problem. Stones are usually in their bladder, but occasionally we will see them in their kidneys.

Date: Jan 30, 2017
Category: Kidney Stones
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: My dog may have kidney stones

Question:My dog urinated other day about 2 days ago and passed three tiny stones. And today I noticed she has been try to urinate but only small amount come out if any all I was wondering if she has kidney or bladder stones??

Answer:If you saw her pass stones 2 days ago and now she is straining to urinate, she may have a stone lodged in her urethra which is an emergency. Urinary Tract Infections are common with bladder stones and this may be another cause of the straining. Either way, a urinanalysis and a radiograph(X-ray) of her abdomen will help diagnose her problem. Stones are usually in their bladder, but occasionally we will see them in their kidneys.


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