Bladder stones in dogs (known as urinary calculi) are mineral deposits that usually begin to form because of bacteria in the dog's urine. They can be large or consist of many smaller pieces.
The 2 most common warning signs of bladder stones formation are straining to urinate and blood in the urine.
If your Miniature Schnauzer displays either of these warning signs during elimination or any other abnormal urination symptoms that put you on alert, seek medical attention from your veterinarian right away. Dog Bladder stones are very painful and could be life-threatening, if left untreated. So seek medical help immediately. Your dog's life could depend on it.
Since your Miniature Schnauzer cannot talk to you, you must be aware of your dog's habits and moods. Don't ignore any signs that are "out of the ordinary for your dog". If something seems a little off, call your veterinarian and describe your Schnauzer's symptoms for advice on what to do.
Warning Signs of Dog Bladder Stones
Diagnosis: Your veterinarian will examine your dog and perform a series of tests
including a urinalysis, x-ray and ultrasound. The urinalysis will check
for the mineral content of the urine and may contain some remnants of
stones. The urine will also be tested for bacteria content. An x-ray or
ultrasound will provide the veterinarian with a more precise vision of
the stones. Once a proper diagnosis has been determined, treatment can
Treatment: Treatment will be determined based on the type of stones and problems they are causing. Treatments include: Surgical removal which is the fastest way to resolve the problem and needed when stones are large; Special diet which must be strictly adhered to for the stones to dissolve; Catheterization which is used to remove and flush out urine and stones: Anitbiotics and other medications designed to dissolve stones may be used if the stones are relatively small.
Round after round of antibiotics is not
the best long-term solution to preventing recurrent urinary tract
problems. The key to urinary tract health, for many pets, can be found
by using the right health supportive products.
Only Natural Pet Cranberry Wellness Powder contains a unique set of ingredients that work together to support a healthy urinary tract in cats and dogs. Pets prone to recurrent pathogenic urinary tract or bladder problems or struvite crystals in the urine have benefited from the addition of these key substances to their diet.
Urolithiasis is the condition where stones form in the urinary system (kidney stones and bladder stones). The most common types of urinary stones in dogs are the struvite and calcium oxalate.
Struvite stones are comprised of magnesium, ammonium and phosphate and account for more than one-third of all stones found in the urinary tracts of dogs. They are almost always accompanied by bacteria that create a high alkaline pH. Avoiding alkaline foods may help prevent such stones from forming. A more acidic diet would include foods like chicken, beef, eggs, fish, yogurt, cottage cheese, brown rice and beans.
Calcium oxalate stones are primarily caused by high levels of calcium in the urine. The most common sign or symptom is trouble urinating. In order to prevent such stones from forming adjustments should be made in your dog's diet to maintain normal calcium levels.