Ask the Experts: Bladder Stones Common With Certain Breeds

Your Pet Question: My Shih-Tzu has bladder stones. Is that common with this breed? And what is best way to

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.

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