To remove the stones, they must either be flushed out, dissolved or removed surgically. If the stones are present in the urethra or in the tubes connecting the kidneys to the bladder (uterers), they cannot be dissolved and will need to be physically removed. Antibiotics are often prescribed to help with inflammation and to prevent infection.
In some cases, diet therapy is recommended to dissolve the stones and to prevent them. If this is the case, treats and snacks should be avoided. Some canned foods can also assist in the prevention of new stones. Stones may take anywhere from two weeks and up to five months to completely dissolve.
If an animal is predisposed to urolithiasis, special foods and dietary management can be effective at preventing stone formation.
A medical condition in which the bladder is filled in full or in part with bladder stones.
A tube found between the bladder and the outside of the body; used to assist in urination.
Blood in the urine
Having a hard time urinating; pain while urinating