Marley is a four-year-old Poodle-cross who came in to the clinic with a history of increased urination and straining but otherwise appeared okay. We gave her a full physical examination, where I discovered she was uncomfortable in her abdomen and I could also feel a firm mass in her bladder. We then took some x-rays which confirmed some pretty large stones were stuck inside her bladder.
Given the size of the bladder stones and the abdominal discomfort, the best option was to remove them surgically - The following day, Marley was anesthetised and we had to surgically open the bladder and remove the two stones. Her bladder was also seriously infected and quite twisted so it was lucky that we got them out when we did! We then sent the stones off to the lab for evaluation to ensure there is nothing else of concern going on with Marley.
A number of factors like diet, breed predisposition, activity level and infection can affect the mineral precipitation which then causes bladder stones. Marley has made a full recovery and everything has returned to normal. She had suffered a serious urinary tract infection which is being treated with antibiotics. While we wait for the bladder stone analysis, we've put Marley on a prescription urinary diet which will help to reduce the concentration of minerals and help to stop any of these re-occurring.
If your dog or cat is showing signs of straining when they urinate, it's a good idea to get them checked out, come in and see us any time...!
Dr Mel :)