Kidney stones in the urinary system in Dogs and Cats
Knew that the appearance of kidney stones in the urinary system in dogs and cats is produced by accumulation of minerals.
Stones usually form in the bladder of dogs and cats although they can appear in other parts of the urinary tract like the kidneys or urethra. The most common types of stones in the urinary system are triple phosphate stones, although there are other types of stones such as struvite, oxalate, urate and cystine.
What are the factors that influence the appearance of kidney stones in the urinary system in dogs and cats according to the veterinarian?
- Feeding with low quality feed. These foods may have an inadequate mineral composition such as excess phosphorus that produces triple phosphate or struvite stones.
- Urinary infections are other causes that interfere with the normal flow of urine. In case of urine infection, some minerals precipitate as alkaline urine instead of acidic.
- Hereditary factors. Dalmatians are the only breed of dogs that generates uric acid being prone to create crystals of urates.
Symptoms of kidney stones:
- Frequent and short urination.
- Difficulty in urinating. When the stones are small they can pass with urine through the urethra and get stuck preventing urination of the animal causing great discomfort. It can block the flow of the urine partially or totally so that if left untreated, health can be endangered by internal poisoning due to toxin accumulation or bladder fissure.
- Blood in the urine. When the stones are large they stay in the bladder producing inflammation and bleeding.
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