Q. I took my dog to the vet today for blood in his urine. Vet states it is gallstones and gave an estimated bill of $450. Is there a home remedy?

A. Gall stones shouldn't cause blood in the urine. Kidney or bladder stones are common causes along with a urinary tract infection. Confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment options with your vet. Bladder or kidney stones can be dissolved using diet but you need to determine their makeup before making changes. Diet and medications can be used to affect gall stones as well. Any home remedy should be discussed with your vet or a veterinary homeopath before starting. Do not give any medications, natural, prescribed or OTC, to your pet without the advice of your veterinarian.

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A. If indeed your vet has diagnosed gall stones in your dog (this is done via radiographs and/or ultrasound, an assessment of the liver enzymes and a bile acids test) then the usual treatment is the administration of antibiotics, as well as drugs that could help dissolve the stones . A special diet for liver problems is recommended to help protect the liver. In most cases surgery can be avoided this way. If the bile duct is obstructed by the stone(s) or if there is a blockage then surgery is the treatment of choice.

IIf surgery is not necessary at this time then it is necessary to reevaluate the stone, liver size and function, and liver enzymes periodically.

SSo you can see that this is a serious health condition and I am afraid home remedies would not be appropriate in this case.

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