Kidney Stones in Cats
Many cats diagnosed with inactive kidney stones can be treated at home with proper medication administered in order to dissolve the stones. An adjustment to the cat's diet is also necessary. These dietary changes will be dependent on the chemical makeup of the kidney stone.
In severe cases, the cat may require immediate removal of the kidney stone(s) and hospitalization. There are a number of options for kidney stone removal, including surgery or ESWL.
Living and Management
Because kidney stones tend to recur, routine monitoring is essential. Most veterinarians recommend abdominal X-rays and/or ultrasound examinations every three to six months post initial treatment. A periodic urine analysis is also frequently recommended.
If your cat is predisposed to nephrolithiasis, special foods and dietary management can be effective at preventing stone formation.
The tubular shaft found between the kidneys and the bladder
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The term for the hip and related area
The condition in which kidney stones are present
Having a hard time urinating; pain while urinating
Blood in the urine
A passage in the body with walls
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