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Bladder stones cause a lot of discomfort and pain to dogs, not to mention urinary problems, such as dribbling urine, straining, and frequent urination.
If the stones are large enough, they can lead to blockage of the urethra and the dog cannot urinate at all.
The most common types of canine bladder stones are struvite bladder stones and calcium oxalate bladder stones.
Conventional treatment of bladder stones in dogs depends on the type, size, and location of the stones, and may involve feeding the dog a special diet or surgical removal of the stones.
Natural remedies such as herbs, homeopathic remedies, and other supplements can be used to:
The herbs below are helpful for dogs with bladder stones:
Marshmallow also has slight astringent and antimicrobial properties that can reduce inflammation and inhibit bacterial growth.
Here are two effective herbal products that you may want to consider if your dog has bladder stones:
This herbal formula contains numerous herbs effective for treating canine bladder stones, such as marshmallow, goldenseal, couchgrass, uva ursi, and juniper.
Not only can it protect, soothe, strengthen and rebuild the entire urinary tract, but it can also help eliminate stones and crystals from the kidneys and bladder.
This herbal formula contains herbs such as couchgrass, echinacea, marshmallow, dandelion, and horsetail, and can disinfect, soothe, and protect the urinary tract without irritating the kidneys.
Natural supplements are also good remedies for dog bladder stones. In particular:
This is a good product that you can consider feeding your dog if she is prone to struvite crystals and bladder infections. The acidity of the berries helps to balance the urinary tract pH and dissolve struvite crystals. These crystals and stones tend to form in alkaline urine.
Homeopathic remedies can be effective in treating dog bladder stones as well.
But the most appropriate remedy cannot be prescribed until a thorough examination by a holistic vet is carried out.
This is important because to accurately prescribe a remedy, the vet needs to know the size, the type, and the location of the stones, amongst other things.
Examples of homeopathic remedies that can be used for bladder stones include Urtica urens, Nux vomica, and Coccus cacti.
In addition to the above natural home remedies, it is extremely important to look at the dog's diet. In fact, the holistic approach to treat bladder stones in dogs is to first change the diet. A well-balanced, organic diet is important in the effective treatment and prevention of stones in dogs.
Depending on the type of stones, a change in the urine chemical compositions resulting from a diet change can actually dissolve some bladder stones. If your dog has bladder stones, therefore, be sure to discuss his diet with your holistic vet.
For more detailed information on the causes, symptoms, and conventional treatment of canine bladder stones, please visit this page.