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Ask the Vet About Kidney Stones in Dogs and Cats

Kidney Stones in Dogs & Cats
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Ask the Vet About Kidney Stones in Dogs and Cats
MichaelDym, V.M.D.
Michael Dym, V.M.D.
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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: Jun 20, 2017
Category: Kidney Stones
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is my dog passing kidney stones

Question:How do you know if she's trying to pass one a kidney stone she already had surgery had 16 and removed from her bladder size of a dime shape and I'm making homemade food now for how do I know if she's just still trying to pass one cuz she's hurt she acts like she's hurting now

Answer:Need vet exam and x ray to see if possibly passing stone or more stones in bladder or urethra

Date: Jun 20, 2017
Category: Kidney Stones
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Is my dog passing kidney stones

Question:How do you know if she's trying to pass one a kidney stone she already had surgery had 16 and removed from her bladder size of a dime shape and I'm making homemade food now for how do I know if she's just still trying to pass one cuz she's hurt she acts like she's hurting now

Answer:In order to see if your dog is actually passing a stone and/or have more in the bladder or urethra, then vet exam and x ray would be needed.

Date: Feb 25, 2017
Category: Kidney Stones
Pet Type: Dog
Topic: Kidney stones

Question:My 13 year old sheltie was diagnosed with kidney stones but my vet did not provide any type of treatment. Is this normal? She is currently eating science diet dog food. Your advice is deeply appreciated.

Answer:Did your veterinarian send urine off to the lab? Maybe they are waiting on the results to come back - you really need to know which type of stone your dog has, then they will probably recommend a dissolution diet if it's one of the stones that can be dissolved with food.

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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