What Causes Bladder Stones in Pets?
|The formation of stones in the urinary tract of dogs and cats can occur quite commonly in pets. While in people such stones usually occur in the kidneys, the development of stones in pets can occur in both the kidneys but is more commonly seen in the urinary bladder.|
Causation of bladder stones can include primary urinary tract infections, as well as metabolic problems leading to crystal formation and secondary stone formation. In cats, stress is believed to be a major factor involved with urinary tract inflammation, as well as even certain processed diets such as dry food only diets in our feline friends. Stones can sometimes be treated with dietary therapy, depending upon the type of crystals or stone present, as well as the pH of the urinary tract.
Surgical therapy is the most common effective treatment for bladder stones and avoids the risk of urinary tract blockage, particularly in male pets. There is one supplement I have recommended over the years to help dissolve crystals and/or stones called Crystal Clear by Sage, which I have seen on occasion work as a medical alternative in my holistic veterinary practice. Other options for a healthy urinary tract include Cranberry Relief by NaturVet and 1-800-PetMeds UT Soft Chews for Cats.
Preventing urinary tract stones in pets involves monitoring urine samples periodically at your local veterinarian for the presence of crystals and/or infections, as well as feeding optimally minimally processed natural based diets. In cats I recommend wet (canned) cat food or proper homemade raw meat based diets formulated from recipes by veterinarians or veterinary experts.