Bladder stones – ouch! June 16, 2016
Suzie a 6 year old female Maltese was brought in for being unwell, and on further investigation she was diagnosed with bladder stones! We can clearly see them on the radiographs (X rays).
Wow see how many we removed!!
Fortunately Suzie made a complete recovery after the surgery, but she has to be monitored regularly to make sure that she does not develop bladder stones again.
We get different types of bladder stones, and some types are more common in female dogs (Struvite) and some are more common in male dogs(Oxalate).
We also get other types of bladder stones: Calcium Phosphate, Urate, Silicate and Cystine
Some breeds are also more prone to bladder stones.
The history of dogs with bladder stones varies from blood in the urine, difficulty in passing urine and severe pain and collapse. Some bladder stones may go unnoticed.
We can often get an idea that there may be bladder stones by looking at a urine sample.
Radiographs (X Rays) are helpful in diagnosing some of the bladder stones.
Fortunately there are successful treatments available for bladder stones in dogs, just ask Suzie!