Your Pet Question:
My Shih-Tzu has bladder stones. Is that common with this breed? And what is best way to get rid of them?
S. Miller, Alberta
The Expert Says:
Bladder stones ARE more common in certain breeds of dogs and Shih-Tzu is one of them. A full diagnostic work-up is the best solution; this might lead to surgical removal of the stones and a diet change to prevent recurrence.
Dr. Gus Stringel is a veterinarian with Smiths Falls and Merrickville Veterinary Services, Ontario and also works with Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary.