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Signs Of Urinary Stones In Dogs

A dog with urinary stones may or may not display signs. The presence of stones can be asymptomatic. Female dogs have a wider and shorter urethra than male dogs and may pass a stone before anyone knows she had one. Dogs with urinary stones may display signs associated with a lower urinary tract disease. These signs include

  • Blood in the urine

  • Straining to urinate

  • Discomfort while urinating

  • Discolored or cloudy urine

  • Pungent urine

  • Small amount but frequent urination

  • Frequent attempts at urination with no urine produced

  • Urinary accidents

  • Licking their genital area more than usual

  • Having lower energy or a reduced appetite

  • Vomiting

  • Urinating small amounts very frequently

  • Bloated or sensitive stomach

  • Avoidance of exercise

  • Pain in the abdomen around the kidney area

  • Change in energy level

It can be frustrating determining if a dog has urinary stones because if the only indicator is pain, that is not very specific. When our furry companions are feeling under the weather, it can be heartbreaking to see. That's when we really wish they could talk to us and tell us what's going on. It's important to provide comfort and care to a sick pup, so they can get back to feeling their best. Showing patience and understanding is key, as I'm sure it's difficult for a pup to understand why they are feeling unwell. Start by giving them a gentle hug if they like being hugged and speak to them in a soothing voice. Offer them a cozy spot like their favorite bed or blanket, and provide them with plenty of fresh water. Letting them know that you are there for them can be a great source of comfort as you continue to see how you can best help them feel better.


About the Author

Kristi Diaz MD

Kristi is a retired anesthesiologist who loves helping people take good care of their pets.


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