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A Serious Life-Threatening Obstruction for Predisposed Male Dogs

About 3 out of 4 dogs diagnosed with this increasingly common condition are males between 5 and 12. Painful and deadly, get to a vet immediately if you think your pup might be suffering from this. Here are the major symptoms to look for and which breeds are predisposed.

calcium oxalate stones

STORY-AT-A-GLANCE

  • Calcium oxalate (CaOx) bladder stones have increased in dogs in recent years. The stones form from calcium oxalate crystals in the urine
  • The typical CaOx stone patient is a middle-aged to senior male dog, and certain breeds are at higher risk
  • The danger of bladder stones is they can obstruct urination, especially in male dogs. The stones can also be painful, often require surgery to remove, and tend to recur
  • Prevention strategies include increased water intake, dietary adjustments, and regular monitoring for the remainder of the dog’s life

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