When you hear the word surgery what is the first thing that comes to your mind? What about dog bladder stones? When you join them together, what do you get? Well, it is something I am sure that every dog owner would not want their pets to experience. Sometimes when things are bound to happen nothing can ever block its way. Same thing goes for various diseases that harm dogs. However take note that surgery is done only when all methods fail. It is like your last resort when the disease is so advanced such as the urinary tract blockage.
But before reaching that stage a lot of things happen along the way. Something might save your pet's life and from heading to the operating room. When dog bladder stones can still be treated, surgery is not yet the option. The first possible treatment would be to dissolve them. Either they will dissolve on their own when the infection ceases by treatments, or by creating a special diet that can dissolve them. Along with the diet, antibiotics are normally administered to hamper infection. For the treatment you have the option to go natural. Look for those treatments that contain uva ursi or bearberry a woody shrub that bears red berries.
This shrub contains antimicrobial properties effective for urinary tract infections. Take note that when you can prevent the infection you also hamper the formation of dog bladder stones. These stones are of different sizes that is why some of them may be dissolved while others are not. Some of them are small enough to pass out of the body. There was even a case where a one pound dog bladder stone was taken from a Chow. Just imagine how that poor Chow carries the stone inside its body. When you find blood in your pet's urine or maybe a small stone, bring your pet to an animal hospital immediately.
The things that you need to watch out for your pet are the following: blood in urine or stool, rust colored urine, difficulty when urinating, and frequent bladder infections. There are also two types of dog bladder stones, the struvite which is formed from alkaline urine and the calcium oxalate formed from acid urine. The distinction matters because their treatments vary. So if by chance your pooch passes one, bring it to the vet for analysis. But if ever there is none, an analysis can still be made by analyzing its urine. Do take a closer look at your pet especially if it is a female because according to studies they are more prone to struvite stones.
But by having a male dog does not automatically mean that your pooch is safe. In order to prevent dog bladder stones you need to make sure that your dog eats a healthy diet and drinks a lot of fresh clean water. If you can create a special homemade diet, do it! You should never leave your pet's health to some commercial dog food because most of them trigger the formation of these stones. To be safe, make sure your pet eats nothing but healthy foods, gets the proper exercises, and provided with lots of love and care.