Meet our May Pet of the Month!
Owned by Alan Wood
Hi there! My name is Tilley and I'm a rescue dog from the Stephens County Humane Society. I was adopted about 2-1/2 years ago and I'm almost 4 years old now. I think that I'm part Terrier and part Chihuahua. I enjoy rough-housing with my other rescued buddies and chewing tennis balls and toys when my owner isn't looking. I sometimes like to climb up trees! My owner thinks that I'm part spider monkey. When I can find them I like to carry branches, that seem too big for me, around the yard.
Last June I noticed that I was slowing down from playing and was having a lot of trouble with urination. Sometimes when my owner would pick me up I would cry out in pain. That's when I decided to visit Dr. Tristan and he discovered that I had bladder stones. He put me on some special food and gave me medicine to help dissolve the stones. I get to eat this special food for the rest of my life. Now, I'm feeling much better and I can finally play again like I used to.
Bladder stones occur fairly often in both dogs and cats. The most common signs of bladder stones in our pets include frequent urination, straining to urinate, or blood in the urine. The best way to diagnose bladder stones is with an x-ray. A urine sample is also obtained to measure the pH of urine, to see if there is a urinary tract infection, if the pet is diabetic, or if there are any other problems that may be present.
In some cases, the bladder stones can only be removed with surgery. Fortunately, in Tilley's case, she had stones that were able to be dissolved using antibiotics and a special prescription diet. They are called struvite stones and are usually associated with a bladder infection.
We are so happy that Tilley's Dad noticed the symptoms early and brought her in for evaluation. We are also thrilled that we were able to fix her problem without surgery!