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Q. My dog has kidney stones but surgery is too costly right now. What can I do to help her

A. More information would be required in order to advise on this case and I recommend you discuss options and prognosis with the diagnosing vet; your local humane societies and charities may be able to help in getting her the care she needs. Kidney stones do not generally respond to any medication or diet changes and require removal to prevent serious damage. Some bladder stones can be managed with specific diet changes but this is very specific in relation to the exact type and size of stone and medical management can occasionally cause stones in the bladder to shrink sufficiently that they can then move down the tract and cause blockages lower down and resulting in the need for intricate surgery with a high risk of permanent side effects. The exact size, location and chemical make up is all important in assessing her options and no specific advice can be given without all the relevant information

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LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA

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