How to Detect Canine Bladder Stones


Part 1

Looking For Symptoms of Bladder Irritation

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    Watch out for blood-stained urine. Bladder stones rubbing against the delicate mucous membrane lining the bladder may cause it to become inflamed. When the bladder lining becomes inflamed it is prone to bleeding. This blood collects in the bladder and is passed out when the dog urinates.[2]

    • Stones that are smaller than the diameter of the urethra should pass out with no problems. Likewise, stones that are larger than the urethral diameter are too big to enter and hence cannot become stuck.
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    Keep track of any recurrent urinary infections. An inflamed bladder has a weakened lining that is more vulnerable to infection. Many dogs with bladder stones get repeated urinary infections.

    • Although antibiotics clear the infection, if the underlying cause – the trauma to the bladder lining – is still present, then the infection is likely to recur.
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    Consider whether your dog is urinating more frequently. Inflammation affects not only the mucus membrane lining the bladder, but the nerves in the bladder wall. The inflamed nerves send an incorrect message to the brain that the bladder is full and needs emptying. This may result in the dog repeatedly trying to pass water even though their bladder is empty.[3]
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    See if your dog displays signs of discomfort when urinating. A dog with a sore bladder as a result of bladder stones will have discomfort when urinating. This may manifest itself as the dog looking wary as they pass water, or fidgeting, stopping mid-stream and seeking a new spot to lift their leg, as if the location is causing the problem.[4]

    • Unfortunately, there is a critical size when the stone fits into the urethra. It may then get trapped at anatomical narrowing where the urethra takes a U-turn around the brim of the pelvis, or at the penile tip. Both locations have a slightly reduced diameter and are a classic place for blockages to occur.[5]

 

Source: wikihow. com


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