Pet Education: Bladder Stones
Signs and diagnosis of bladder stones in dogs: Dogs with bladder stones may have blood in their urine and may urinate frequently, passing only small quantities each time. Often, they will strain while urinating, holding their body in the urinating posture for much longer than normal. They may lick their genital area more than normal. Some dogs with bladder stones may show no signs at all, and the stones are discovered while palpating the abdomen during a routine physical exam. In other cases, the diagnosis of bladder stones in dogs is made or confirmed with abdominal x-rays. Most stones are radiopaque, meaning they show up on the radiographic film as obvious white circles or shapes just as bones do. A few are radiolucent, where the x-ray beams pass right through and therefore, they do not show up on the finished film. To confirm the presence of these types of stones, a special dye is passed into the bladder and it outlines the stones in the x-ray. With this method, we see a white area (the dye) with a black hole in the center (the stone) What causes bladder stones in dogs? The process by which bladder stones develop is really quite simple, but what causes it to occur only in certain dogs, cats, or humans? Factors that influence the development of stones include genetic predisposition, the concentration of the stone constituents in the urine, urine pH, and the presence of bacterial infections.
Pictured is an actual dog bladder stone case- surgery performed by Dr. Velez from EZ Vet Pet Health Care Center 12035 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156 (305) 255-7838 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________enter.com