Pet Talk - Urinary Stones

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This week's Pet Talk topic is urinary stones in dogs and cats.

The condition is called Urolithiasis which is bladder stones.

They can be formed by infection, but some smaller breeds have a higher predisposition.

Noticeable symptoms are frequent urination, excessive drinking, licking in the urinary area, and sometimes a distended abdomen.

Treatment is simple. In some cases, a special food can help dissolve the stone. For more severe cases surgery can remove the stones.

A&M College of Veterinary Medicine offers a procedure where they can go in with a scope and dissolve the stone with a laser. This is a minimally invasive alternative to surgery.