My Pet Has Bladder Stones…Now What?
Your pet has been diagnosed with bladder stones and needs surgery? We have performed many Cystotomies (surgery to remove pet bladder stones) here at Helping Hands over the past seven years. One common cause of pet bladder stones is chronic, low grade urinary tract infections (UTIs). Another common cause may be the way your pet metabolizes the mineral content in his or her food and water. The surgery will give your pet (and his or her bladder) a fresh start…but that is not the end of the story. It is only the beginning.
Pet Bladder Stones—Will This Happen Again Again?
Sadly, the formation of bladder stones in pets is very often a chronic condition. We sometimes refer to pet bladder stones as a puzzle with many pieces. Having surgery to remove your pet’s bladder stones is one piece of the puzzle. Another critical piece is to have a urinalysis (UA) done with your regular, full-service veterinarian two weeks after the surgery. This is done to make sure there are no underlying urinary tract infections. After we perform the surgery, we send your pet’s bladder stones off to the laboratory to be analyzed. This is an extremely important part of the puzzle! Once we get the results, we call to let you know and then send the results to your full-service veterinarian for follow up care. Two of the most common types of stones are Magnesium Ammonium Phosphate (Struvite) and Calcium Oxalate. The stone analysis arms you veterinarian with the best information for your pet’s post-operative care (which may include a prescription diet).
Time For A Game Plan Going Forward!
We cannot stress strongly enough just how important it is that you follow up with your full service veterinarian after surgery. Another important puzzle piece to discuss with your veterinarian is having more frequent urinalyses done. This will identify any urinary tract infections early, before stones re-form. With all of the important puzzle pieces in place, you can have a solid plan put together to try and prevent re-occurrence. We know how much you love your pet and wish you both the very best!