09-2012 September

dog1Ask Dr Debbie
Q: A year ago my 5 year old female German shepherd mix dog had surgery to remove bladder stones. Now she has stones again. We didn’t have any testing on the original bladder stone, and I still have the stone saved at home. The surgery cost a lot of money and I can’t keep having surgeries to remove stones if she just keeps having more. What can I do?

A: Unfortunately bladder stones are a common urinary problem in dogs, while kidney stones are far less common. Symptoms of bladder stones include frequent urination, bloody urine and urinary accidents. Surgery to remove the stones not only alleviates those symptoms, but removes the pain the pet experiences from the stones abrasive surface.

Surgery is only one part of the treatment for bladder stones though. You definitely need to have your pets stone analyzed. There are many varieties of bladder stones like calcium oxalate, struvite, silica, ammonium urate, cystine and calcium phosphate. Each of these stones may arise due to different dietary, genetic and health conditions. We can’t treat all stones the same, so this testing is critical to begin preventative steps.

Depending on the size of your dog’s stones and her current health, surgery is the quickest way to remove her current bladder stones and get her on the road to recovery. Another option is to get that stone off your mantle and request your veterinarian send it in for testing. With the mineral analysis of the stone in hand, your veterinarian can advise you on the possible success of surgery and preventative options for your dog.

Dental Month Continues
Doggie dentals and kitty cleanings continue as we battle pet periodontal disease at Lone Mountain Animal Hospital. Due to continued demand, we are extending our dental special through October 31st. Call to schedule your pets dental cleaning today.

adoptOctober is Adopt-A-Dog Month
The American Humane Association recognizes October as Adopt-A-Dog Month and invites you to discover the joy a new dog can bring to your home. Whether you are looking for an exercise partner, a pal for an existing pet, or simply a tail that thumps in greeting when you arrive home; the addition of a dog to the home can brighten the home everyday life.

Adopt a dog and you will help decrease the 3 to 4 million animals euthanized in shelters nationwide every year.

Visit one of our local shelters at:

Nevada Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The Animal Foundation

Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

Pet of the Month
Congratulations to Misha our October pet of the month. She has had a few interesting journeys in her 8 years. You can read her story at www.lmah.net.

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