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Q: What can cause stones in a dogs bladder?

December 26, 2008 | By Mellow82 | 11 answers | Expired: 2074 days ago

My dog is a 10 year old mini schnauzer,about 3 months ago she had surgery to remove stones from her bladder.Our towns water has alot of calcium and smells bad, could the bad quality of our water cause the stones?

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Kelly
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Jan 07, 2009

I haven't had a dog with bladder stones but I have had a cat with them. They were due to too much magnesium in her diet. She's now on a special diet with good results. We also give all our animals bottled water. Since hard water usually has high amounts of calcium AND magnesium, its not out of the realm of possibilities that your water has contributed to the problem but his food probably also is contributing to it. I would discuss the potential causes with the vet & find out if you need to change his food.

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Kelly R.
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Dec 27, 2008

before i moved my water was bad too i gave my animals satore bought water

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Scmb
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Dec 27, 2008

My vet told me that there were a variety of causes for bladder stones. My dog was put on a perscription dog food after her surgery.

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Peggy W.
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Dec 27, 2008

My 15 year old, Tipper, had kidney stones removed in 2004. Like others have said - give them moist food instead of dry - Tipper eats a combination of Hills K/D and Purina N/F - both canned foods, although I've caught him sneaking some of Pepper's dry food, too. I also sprinkle drops of the holistic "Tripsy" on his food.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dec 27, 2008

In cats, stones are caused by metabolism. One way to prevent them is to use wet, not dry food, to flush the urinary tract. I have never heard of hard water having any effect on stones. I would thing the minerals are better for their systems than the salt used to soften water.

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Robyn W.
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Dec 27, 2008

Stones are a big problem with schnauzers. Was an analysis done on the stones? Has your vet advised any preventive measures? A prescription diet might be in order. I do not know how much the drinking water plays into things. Some pet owners do give their pets bottled water. If this helps or not I really don't know.

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Cindyabbe
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Dec 26, 2008

Sometimes it is hereditary but a lot of the time it is from feeding table scraps and poor diet. You should stick with a good quality nutritionally balanced dog food.

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Dec 26, 2008

My vet did not think my water was the issue when my terrier developed a stone about the size of a golf ball in her bladder, but our water is hard, not totally mineral riddled and not too high in iron content. He said some are just predisposed to this genetically. I agree about the prescription food changing PH. My cat is on it now for urinary tract irritation, non-infective variety , which COULD lead to stones if untreated. I do not like the prescription food for cats or dogs because the high plant content leads to disease. Eagle brand was a brand of holistic food my vet approved after I got the PH and specific gravity figures from the manufacturer. Halo is another that fits the PH guidelines. I am waiting for an all clear urine test to put my cat back on the holistic foods so he can get the meat his body REQUIRES. This whole food situation is just keeping animals sick in a vicious circle. They are meat eaters, not plant eaters. Search the internet and you'll see compelling reasons to go against the grain and feed high meat content. You will spend more in vet bills in the long run if you don't. More than the increased costs of the food. Of course the vet industry does not push this view. Just like any industry whose profits depend on you being sick. Not anti-vet here, but with costs of keeping practices open rising, it is easier for the food manufacturers to push plants instead of meat. Increases their profits by quite a bit. Most meat that is in there is low quality "junk" cuts. Hooves, bones and low quality organ meats nobody else wants to use. My vet and I have discussed this. He has no probs with the holistic foods that meet his must haves of proper PH and other considerations once the intitial urinary irritation clears up.

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alan k.
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Dec 26, 2008

I don't know much about the bennefits of holistic food, but I do know that you most likely will have to feed your dog a prescription diet. I work in a veterinary hospital and I also have had a cat with a similar problem. There are two things the food does. 1st it changes the pH of the food based on what type of crystals are forming in the bladder either up or down to create an environment that is not conducive to crystal formation (either more basic or more acidic it can be either). Second it changes the chemistry of the Kidney so that your dog produces more urine. The reason more urine is good is because it helps flush the bladder better and keeps the concentration of crystal build up lower (they have to pee more often and in larger volume). There are many options for food but you should check with your veterinarian before doing anything as far as the type of crystals that are forming and which food to use. I would not recommend holistic food based on what I know, only because I don't believe that a holistic food may make all the necessary changes in diet unless it is specifically for urine crystals. But again I only work in a clinic and am not a veterinarian, so following your vets judgement is probably the best advice I can give.

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Jessica P.
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Dec 26, 2008

If you had the stones removed at a vet, then they should have sent the stones for analysis (I had a dog with bladder stones, too). They caused because your dog can not digest a certain mineral/s, and an analysis will tell you which ones. Most likely your dog will have to go on to a prescription diet, mine did. Not sure if an organic or raw food diet would work. You really have to have a long discussion with your vet. Good luck.

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