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Does anyone have experience with bladder stones? My little Jamie just had one removed from her bladder this morning, vet said it was imbedded in the bladder wall & looked kinda like a cockleburr. Poor baby had been straining to tee-tee for a while. We thought maybe she had a UTI & put her on Baytril, obviously that didn't help. Then Monday we x-rayed her and this huge thing showed up, gosh it was big. Anyway, it's gone now but I'm wondering what caused it and what I can do to prevent a recurrence. It breaks my heart to think about how much pain she's been in.
 

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Marge, I don't know which kind, they're sending it off for analysis. Thx for the links.

Lynn, thx for the prayers, that stone was almost 3/4" across & had a lot of pointy things on it.
 

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My friend's malt had a stone - actually her Phoebe had a lot of problems associated with that. But she's better now....she's eating a special food that has really helped her. I'll have to ask her what it is again...I forget.
 

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I am no expert but sometimes a change in water helps! Wish you the best for your baby!
 

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Marti, my Grace had bladder stones (4 of them) back in 2004 that had to be surgically removed and sent off to the lab for analysis. They were struvite stones. She's been on a prescription diet ever since with absolutely no more stones, no UTIs, no problems. She eats Hills Canine C/D. As for pain and discomfort, Grace never exhibited any symptoms of pain or discomfort. I came home from work one night, let the dogs out into the dog yard and noticed that she squatted to pee at least 5 times, that's not like her at all and my first thought was that she possibly had a UTI. I brought her in, called my vet, and while I was on the phone with him she squatted at my feet 2 more times to pee with nothing coming out. My vet had just closed for the night but said he'd wait and to bring her in. An x-ray clearly showed the stones, he operated right then (with me as his only assistant) and sent her home with me. He said she'd probably sleep through the night but gave me his home and cell number in case any issues arose. I brought her back to the vet clinic the next morning, she stayed for the day while I went to work, I picked her up that night, she recuperated well and has never had another stone or any UTIs. For about 4-6 weeks after the surgery she did pee alot more frequently, my vet assured me that that was a normal part of the healing process.

Hugs to Jamie and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
 

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oo wow , i have had kidney stones , and the pain isunbearable i can imagine a poor lil malt w bladder stones, i will b praying for ur little one to get better , crazy how pups could get every sickness a human can get ..
 

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I see Marj already gave you info on the type of stones. Once you have that info then diet can be altered to lower PH or raise ph whichever is appropriate for the situation. It is something that will be needed to be adhered to.
I have a little rescue, Naddie that is believed to be Maltese mix with Bichon. Since the Bichon breed tends to be proned to the formation of crystal/stones, I monitor her urine's Ph on reg basis. ( Easy test with 'dip-strips' specifically for ph which you can get at most pharmacies. ) Thankfully she is pretty consistantly just below 7 which is an 'ideal' ph. ( neither too acidic nor too alky)
Please keep us updated on your little one!
 

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Hey Everybody, thx for all the info & support. Jamie's doing pretty good right now, ate a light supper, drank a bit of water but not much. She wants to be right next to me, either on my lap or in the chair behind me, aww... It will probably be next week before I have the results of the stone, but I'll let you know what I find out. Again, thx a jillion.
 

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Oh, so sorry to hear that Marti........My husband had a stone and had to be operated on. It is awful. Take care of that sweet baby and give her lots of love, which I know you will do!!!!
 

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As others said, they will most likely do a diet change. My cat had stones, and once he went on the Royal Cainin Urinary SO food, he has never had stones again.

HUGz and good luck! Jules
 

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My papillon had surgery this year for bladder stones. His were calcium oxalte. He had to go on a special diet. First we tried Science Diet and he would not eat it. Then we tried Royal Canin U/D. He ate that for a few weeks and then refused to eat it anymore. We then moved to Purina NF and he loves it. He can not wait to eat.
 

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My parents bichon had surgery twice for bladder stones when she was 2-4 years old. She is now 11 and hasn't had surgery since. They switched her to a special food (not sure the brand) and that is all they feed her. No treats and no "people" food at all. She also gets distilled water. Knock on wood, she has been healthy ever since!! She is 11 and still acts like a puppy!
 

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My Sophie had the struvite bladder stones. Poor thing, she was just a small bichon and they removed 5 huge ones from her bladder. She was put on Royal Canin SO and didn't ever get them again. She did still eat other treat and people food though too. Lots of liquid is important, she wasn't on total dry food ever again.
 

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Oh no Marti. Poor little Jamie. I'm glad she's a bit better and cuddling with her Mommy. Give her kisses for me and let us know the results.
 

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depending on what stones it is the whole dog journal had excellent articles in may and april of this year on preventing them so if you do not subscribe you can order the two articles below or i would be happy to fax it to you as i have both articles. They are extremely informative on how to prevent stones

Thx for pointing those articles out. I do subscribe to WDJ but since none of my dogs "ever" had stones, I skipped right over those articles. I'll go get them right now.
 

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depending on what stones it is the whole dog journal had excellent articles in may and april of this year on preventing them so if you do not subscribe you can order the two articles below or i would be happy to fax it to you as i have both articles. They are extremely informative on how to prevent stones

Thx for pointing those articles out. I do subscribe to WDJ but since none of my dogs "ever" had stones, I skipped right over those articles. I'll go get them right now.
oh good as they have some great information as just sent it on another group to help someone and read through it as i had skimmed over too lol as i have not dealt with this thank goodness but found it very interesting.
 
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