As with most uroliths, increasing water consumption is important for prevention and, with calcium oxalate uroliths, it is vital. Address all correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. Dissolution may have occurred due to antibiotic therapy, which decreased urine pH and increased struvite solubility. Fascetti Uroliths are commonly referred to as “stones” and can occur in any section of the urinary tract with bladder stones being the most common. Here, a laser on the cystoscope is placed in contact with the stone and the stone is broken into pieces that are small enough to either pass or be carried out in the retrieval basket. Dogs and cats, as carnivores, should have a slightly acidic urine pH, optimally between 6 and 6. These by-products remain in the circulation and can adversely affect some animals. Obviously, the cat should not have a second disease which makes the stone diet inappropriate and the cat must be fed only the urinary diet and nothing else. Decreasing the amount of calcium in the diet must be done carefully.
Ideally, a canned formula is used as canned foods have extra water and the extra water helps make for a more dilute urine and a dilute urine means a lower crystal concentration. For other animals that have urate uroliths, veterinarians will perform relatively extensive diagnostic testing to determine if the underlying cause is a liver shunt. Lateral abdominal radiograph 1A depicting multiple radiodense bladder arrow uroliths in an 8-year-old female miniature schnauzer on day 1 of presentation. Obviously, special equipment is required in either of these situations and there is extra expense involved. Treatment for Dalmatians and possibly English bulldogs is with both diet and medication i.
Struvite stones are a type of hard mineral deposit that can form in your kidneys. Stones form when minerals like calcium and phosphate crystallize inside your kidneys and stick together. About 10 to 15 percent of all kidney stones are made from struvite. This type of stone is more common in women than in men. Struvite stones can grow very quickly. Eventually, they can block your kidney, ureter, or bladder and damage your kidney. Symptoms of struvite stones are similar to those of other types of stones, and can include. Bacteria in your urinary tract produce struvite when they break down the waste product urea into ammonia. For struvite to be produced, your urine needs to be alkaline.