Dog bladder stones are just one type of what doctors call uroliths.
Uroliths can precipitate from solution to form throughout the urinary tract of most animals, including cats, horses, dogs, and yes, people.
Experts agree that drinking more water prevents stone formation.
In addition, the doctors suggest the following tips to increase your best friend’s water intake.
Tips to Make Your Dog Drink More Water
Here are a few things to try:
- Provide numerous, easily accessible water bowls inside and outside
- Add flavorings to the water (such as salt)
- Replace some treats with ice cubes
- Feed moisture-rich canned foods
- Add water to dry food.
All this bladder talk is well and good, you might think, but what about dog kidney stone treatment?
By and large, the solution offered above, increased water intake, will help with kidney stones also.
So that, in a nutshell, is how to treat bladder stones in dogs.
The first step is prevention, through dietary controls and boosting fluid intake.
The second step is control of infection, the driving force in the formation of struvite stones.
Lastly, if the first two steps fail or if the type of stone is not responsive to the first two options, veterinary medicine offers few solutions, culminating in surgical removal.
But surgery is always a last resort.
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