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Kidney Stones in Dogs

Treatment

 

Many dogs diagnosed with inactive kidney stones can be treated at home with proper medication administered in order to dissolve the stones. An adjustment to the dog's diet is also necessary. These dietary changes will be dependent on the chemical makeup of the kidney stone.

 

In severe cases, the dog 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.

 

Prevention

 

If your dog is predisposed to nephrolithiasis, special foods and dietary management can be effective at preventing stone formation.

 

 

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