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The Discovery of Crystals Leads to Finding a “Precious” Stone.


Accidents do happen but sometimes there is a reason behind them. Dashi a 5 year old female Fox Terrier is a bright bouncy dog but sometimes a little anxious. Her owner went away for a short while and Dashi stayed at the kennels. When she came back, she had a few accidents where she urinated on the floor inside. Since she seems otherwise well, it was put down to a little anxiety with settling back into her home. These accidents however became more frequent and suddenly her urine was bright red from blood.

We performed a urine test and discovered a urinary tract infection. At the time we also found a few microscopic crystals in her urine. This was flagged and dashi was placed on antibiotics and we suggested an ultrasound of her urinary tract may be required. After 6 days of antibiotics, Dashi was still straining to go to the toilet often and passing blood.

We performed an ultrasound and discovered a large stone in a very thickened and inflamed bladder. Poor Dashi was in lots of discomfort so we took her to surgery to remove the stone.

Done carefully to minimise contamination and infection, bladder stones can be removed without too much difficulty. Dashi soon bounced back to her normal energetic self with no straining or blood in her urine.

Bladder stones can occur in dogs due to infection but also certain dogs and particular breeds can be prone to forming stones spontaneously. The symptoms can be similar despite the cause. A careful check of the dog’s history, breed and age, urine tests and imaging can usually find the problem. We are still waiting to get back the analysis on the stone so we can make sure we take the right steps to prevent Dashi getting a bladder stone again.


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