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Kidney Stones (Struvite) in Dogs



Dietary management, in association with antibiotic treatment, has been effective at dissolving struvite stones. If dietary management is used, follow it explicitly and eliminate other foods and treats until the animal has fully recovered.


The process of dissolving stones usually takes between two weeks and up to seven months. If the stones do not begin to dissolve after a few weeks, surgery may be necessary.


Living and Management


X-rays and ultrasounds are used to assess the progress of the stone dissolution. A dietary regimen can also be prescribed.




In some cases, restricting the diets of the animal -- in terms of magnesium -- has proven effective for stone prevention.


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