Urinary Health in Dogs: Crystals and Bladder Stones
Urinary Crystals in Dogs
Urinary crystals and stones in dogs can form in the bladder. Once developed, they can create problems for your dog as they can block urine flow either partially or entirely. Common causative factors include an imbalanced diet with high or low urinary pH, general irritation, bacterial infection, or contamination.
First, the quality of water, along with the volume consumed regularly, plays a significant role. Dogs often have a tendency not to drink enough water. Also, when water stands too long in the bowl, it can collect bacteria, which can contribute to the initial problem. Once this occurs, you have ideal conditions for urinary crystals and stones in dogs.
Crystal & Bladder Stone Formation
Struvite is the name given to the bladder crystal composed of Magnesium, Ammonium, and Phosphate. Struvite crystals are not uncommon in the normal urine of dogs, usually of no consequence. As the volume of the crystals increases, the buildup can create blockages and form Bladder stones, which make more damaging restrictions of urinary flow.
Stone formation is tied to a prolonged problem and is likely more common in Dogs. The development of larger stones is much more severe than the crystals. At this point, you should consider treatment by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible. Often, surgery to remove the larger crystals and thorough flushing of the bladder helps to eliminate any remaining particulates.
Signs and Symptoms of Urinary Crystals and Stones in Dogs
- Uncontrolled Leaking
- Discomfort and difficulty urinating.
- Urinating small amounts very frequently.
- Hematuria (Blood in the urine).
- Cloudy or discolored urine.
- Bloated or sensitive stomach.
- Avoiding of exercise.
- Abdomen Pain around the kidney area.
- Energy changes.
In some cases, bladder stones can be dissolved by feeding your dog a special diet and supplements that are formulated to dissolve bladder stone(s). One product, (STONE FREE – search it), made for humans has been highly successful for urinary crystals and bladder stones in human and with dogs. The advantage of this option is that it avoids surgery. It can be a very good choice for some dogs.
Natural Support for Urinary Crystals and Stones in Dogs
Nzymes® products can be very beneficial and supportive when the body is in any recovery process. However, getting the dog to eat something can be difficult during these times. If needed, using plain yogurt with Sprouted Granules mixed in or a crushed tablet of the Antioxidant Treats will help. Providing powerful superfood nutrition to the body can help speed a healthier recovery.
Adding the antimicrobial qualities of the Ox-E-Drops to the drinking water and food dish can help maintain purity. Adding some Bac-Pak Plus in with the yogurt will help restore needed ‘friendly bacteria’ for boosting immune function and defending against the invading bacteria.