Sally the little Dog with a big bladder stone

Sally is a 7 year old terrier cross who has been visiting the vet since she was just 2 years old. At a recent annual checkup we noticed that she had a mass in her abdomen.

Sally's owner commented that she had been having trouble urinating at times, and on some occasions they had even seen blood. Alarmed by these changes we tested urine samples and not only found an infection brewing but also some abnormal crystals. As a result we gave Sally some antibiotics to target the infection, and recommended an x-ray under a general anaesthetic, as we were suspicious she might have a bladder stone.

Sally's owners also elected to have a pre-anaesthetic blood test, allowing us to detect any abnormalities in her organ function. The test revealed changes in her liver, due to the increased anaesthetic risks with liver changes, we decided not to go ahead with the x-rays. Instead Sally visited a Specialist Veterinarian who gave her an ultrasound. The results confirmed our suspicion of a bladder stone and Sally was given a special prescription diet to help dissolve it.

After a month on the special diet, we found that Sally's bladder stone

had not decreased, she was losing weight and was still had trouble going to the toilet. Our next option was surgery. By making an incision along her belly, we were able to access her bladder and find the stone. It was spectacular, the size of a golf ball if not bigger and weighed approximately 90gm (considering Sally was only 7.5kg at the time, that is one big stone).

Since the operation Sally has recovered brilliantly and is back to her normal whirlwind self. Her bladder stone was so impressive it was sent for analysis at a laboratory in America. Sally will continue her special prescription diet and her family is rapt to have her huge personality back again, and we look forward to many healthy years with her in the future.

How can I stop this from happening to my pet?

Bladder stones can occur in pets of all ages. We recommend you always be on the lookout for changes in your pets behaviour and health. If you notice your dog is having trouble going to the toilet or notice blood in their urine, we recommend a health check up with your favourite veterinarian straight away. Annual checkups will also help to detect any other health issues at an early stage allowing us to increase the success of treatment.