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Ureter Stones in Dogs




Removing the obstructing stones is the primary objective of treatment. Fortunately, advances in modern technology has enabled veterinarians to remove the stones without surgery. A new technique called extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy removes stones located in kidney, ureter, or bladder by producing shockwaves that break apart the stones, which can then be passed through the urine. Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy technique does not work for all animals, so consult with your veterinarian if it is right for your dog.


For dogs in which surgery is necessary, intravenous fluids are administered to maintain them hydrated. Antibiotics are also prescribed for dogs with concurrent urinary tract infection.


Living and Management


As relapses are common, continuous monitoring of the dog's condition is necessary. Typically, followup evaluations are done every 3-6 months. Depending on the type of stone, your veterinarian will suggest dietary changes to prevent future episodes of stone formation. If your dog is not tolerating the dietary changes well, contact him or her for necessary changes.


The overall prognosis is highly variable depending on the type of the stones.



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