I think my dog has kidney/bladder stones?

I looked up the symptoms online and they much my dog exactly, she is seven years old. Anyone know of home remedies for treatment of them? She has passed one or two already.
Thanks very much!
P.S I do not need any demeaning comments —-

  1. vet1209, 20 February, 2011

    There is no "home remedy" for kidney or bladder stones. Your dog needs to see a veterinarian. At the very least they need to take x-rays to see if she really does have stones in her bladder or kidney and how many/how big they are. Some stones do not show up on x-rays because of the materials they are made of but stones like struvite or calcium oxalate stones will show up on x-rays. Some stones may be able to be dissolved or their size reduced with special diets available via prescription from your veterinarian but this is not always possible. If she does truly have kidney or bladder stones the best treatment would be surgery to remove them with a special diet to dissolve the crystals in the urine that make the stones form. Some stones may be small enough to pass but you should be aware that if there really are stones present in her bladder there is always the possibility that one may start to pass out of her urethra (the opening between the bladder and outside) but get stuck causing a blockage which is a medical emergency. If she gets blocked she needs to see a veterinarian immediately.

  2. Michelle, 20 February, 2011

    Please go ask your vet this can be painful. Good luck!

  3. Nickelbee, 20 February, 2011

    See if your dog goes under any of these symptoms. Frequent urination can be a sign of a bladder stone. Blood in your dog’s urine, or "dribbling urination" can be telltale signs of a partially blocked or impaired urethra. If your dog shows signs of strain, depression, vomiting or weakness, take him to the vet immediately. Even if bladder stones are not responsible, the behavior may signal a serious problem.

  4. CanineTruth, 20 February, 2011

    You typically cannot "home treat" stones. If there are any large ones in there then they can rupture her innards and cause infection. Maybe even death. Your best bet would be bringing her to a vet – since stones have already been passed they will likely do an ultrasound to determine if stones are left and what can be done about them.

  5. Gravy RULES!!, 20 February, 2011

    You should take her to the vet as so as possible and see if they can give her any medication.

  6. Jenny Manyteeth, 20 February, 2011

    Please take your dog to the veterinarian. You aren’t qualified to diagnose the dog’s issues.

    Consider my personal experience: I passed one kidney stone, my urologist looked at the CT scans and said I had two more stones in my right kidney, and they were large. He prescribed a medication that would dissolve them. I took the meds for 9 months… when a second CT showed a tumor, not a stone. I am currently home recovering from surgery to remove that tumor, which had a 97% chance of being cancerous, but was not.

    Please get your dog to a professional veterinarian for qualified diagnosis and treatment.

  7. E. H. Amos, 20 February, 2011

    I had a 12 yr. old dog with both kidney & bladder stones – they showed up on the vet required ultrasound. They were so painful they were affecting his ability to climb stairs. I had started going to a holistic vet who told me that
    1) he should have some antibiotics to clear up the infection they were causing and that
    2) I should take him off all grain and carbohydrate-based food and either put him on a raw diet or a cooked diet of meat & veggies, plus a calcium source. The grain & carbs were encouraging or feeding the inflammation. Once we switched to a raw diet the stones never bothered him again. He was able to do stairs, his hearing improved (in Chinese medicine they find an association between UTI & hearing loss) and lived to be 16.

    Unfortunately, I cannot claim or be sure that JUST changing the diet will work, esp if you don’t clear up the infection the stones are probably causing. (Blood in urine.) But I do think they best way to calm the stones down, is to get the dog off all carbs, which will help stop the inflammation. Dogs generally have struvite stones (from inflammation) which are entirely different that uric that many PEOPLE have.

  8. rosagallica2002, 20 February, 2011

    There are two main types of stones – struvite stones, which develop as a result of a bladder infection, and calcium oxalate stones, which develop as a result of a dietary issue.

    If the dog has calcium oxalate stones, she needs a low oxalate diet. I would recommend that you join the k9Kitchen dog feeding list. It is a Yahoo group and they can help you figure out an appropriate diet for her. If the stones are very small, it may help prevent more and may even help dissolve the ones she has.

    You can find it here: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/K9Kitchen/

    If they are struvite stones, they will only improve if the infection is treated. There is no home remedy for this – she must have a culture ti determine if there is infection and it has to be treated. The good news is that most of the antibiotics that are used to treat bladder infections are available on the $4 list at Wal-Mart

    You MUST take her to the vet and have her urine checked. If she passes any more stones, save them and show them to the vet. Sometimes, they can tell what kind they are just by looking at them.

    If you don’t determine the cause and correctly treat it, your dog is going to develop increasingly serious problems.

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