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Sadie is a 3 year old Cocker Spaniel. She is currently owned by Halfway Hounds, a dog rescue organization. Park Ridge Animal Hospital is the veterinary hospital for all of Halfway Hound’s dogs. Sadie was rescued from a situation where she did not receive any attention or medical care. When she came to us, she was very badly matted and in need of medical care.
Sadie before her grooming
Upon examination and palpation of her abdomen, we could feel she had bladder stones- a lot of them! She also had a few other issues and an underlying bladder infection which caused the stones. We recently performed surgery to remove her bladder stones, as well as spay her and clean her teeth. As you can see, she had a lot of stones in her bladder. Typically, bladder stones are caused by an infection or diet. Symptoms of bladder stones include frequent urination, urinary accidents in the house, blood in the urine or straining to urinate. Prevention depends on the type of stone. Struvite stones, the type Sadie has, are managed by monitoring her urine for infections as well as diet. Calcium Oxalate stones, another common type, are harder to control, and sometimes require medication and special diets. Sometimes, in spite of all preventative actions, these stones recur.
Happily for Sadie, she is currently in a foster-to-adopt home with a wonderful family who loves her already!
Sadie during her stay at PRAH
Sadie’s x-ray showing her bladder with over 100 stones of various sizes and shapes
Sadie’s x-ray showing her bladder after surgery.
This shows the 104 bladder stones of various shapes and sizes that were removed from Sadie.