My 2 year old beagle, Maple, has gone in for removal of bladder stones this morning which has been really scary.
After speaking with the vet, she was recommended to start a diet on prescribed food for Ph level issues. (Royal Canin SO 13) They have not found the specific type of stone(s) yet. My question is, will she have to stay on the prescribed food for the rest of her life?
I have been reading alot of information on the web and the vet will not give me a straight answer.
I work with a nurse who's beagle has a bladder stone and it was dissolved with diet alone.
I believe they told her that yes, her dog will have to be on it forever.
They need to ID the stone when they remove it, then they'll know the best way to prevent more. Plus, the stones are usually accompanied by bacteria, which encourage stone formation, so antibiotics for a long time will probably be prescribed.
Even though it will probably be a bit more pricey than your regular dog food, it can't hurt.
My dogs were prescribed W/D for different stoamch issues, and now I keep them on it. I spend over fifty dollars a week on dog food, but I believe it's worth it.
My cat is on special urinary tract food, because he is a manx and that breed of cat is susceptible to bladder stones, which he had last summer.
The vet said as long as he stay on the special food, he should have no more problems.
And so far so good!
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