Bladder stones, or uroliths, are stone-like mineral deposits that form in your dogs bladder. Bladder stones may occur as a single deposit, or consist of many smaller pieces.
Bladder stones can have many causes including genetic, bacterial infection, poor diet or an out of balance pH in the urine. In dogs, the general rule is: No infection, no bladder stones. Bladder stones come in several mineral compositions. The most common stone types are oxalate and struvite and since the approach is completely different for each type, it is crucial to determine the stone type.
Struvite stones in the dog are almost always formed because of the urinary changes that occur with specific types of bladder infection. Some dogs with bladder stones show no symptoms of any kind and the stones are discovered incidentally but there are some symptoms that might promote a search for stones. Bloody urine, recurrent bladder infection, or straining to urinate all should raise suspicion. Occasionally stones are simply passed. Dogs with struvite stones tend to be almost all female. Some breeds that appear to have an increased risk for the formation of (Bladder) Struvite stones are the Beagle, Miniature Schnauzer, and English Cocker Spaniel.
5 to 10 drops for Tiny and Small Breeds; 10 to 20 drops for Medium and Large breeds.
For Animal Oral Use Only
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