How to Prevent Your Dog From Getting Kidney Stones

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Kidney stones can be something as simple as a condition your veterinarian watches to see if they deteriorate, or if the stones could be something quite serious causing your dog to be very ill. If your dog has kidney stones that block the passage of urine out of your dog's body, he could potentially be in a life-threatening condition and must be treated immediately. Typically, with kidney stones, however, you will know there is a problem before your dog gets to that point. If you have ever had kidney stones, known someone who has had kidney stones, or have a pet who has kidney stones, you probably understand how scary this condition can be. Moreover, you would probably like to prevent it from happening in the future.


Diet

The best way to prevent stones from forming in your dog’s kidneys is with the foods you are putting into your dog's system. Keeping your dog's body healthy overall prevents diseases of all sorts. The food you offer your dog should be healthy and high quality. A high-quality dog food will consist of a lean protein as the first ingredient, natural, healthy fats, and a balance of carbohydrates. You can supplement your dog's diet with vitamins, herbs, and minerals found in foods to help prevent urinary tract infections or kidney stones. Probiotics help not only your dog's digestive system but also deter bacteria from growing inside your dog's system. Probiotics, along with other foods, can keep bacteria from growing in the urinary tract system including your dog's kidneys. Cranberries can be added to your dog's meals or given in a tablet form hidden inside a treat. Cranberries are often associated with UTIs and people. Though cranberry will not help an existing infection, it will keep bacteria in the urinary tract system down to a minimum. Vitamin C is also a good supplement to add to your dog's meals because vitamin C is an antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory. Diet is key to helping your dog's overall health which will, in turn, improve their kidney functions as well.


Plenty of Fresh Water

Be sure to provide your dog with plenty of fresh, cool water accessible at all times. One of the best ways to prevent kidney stones is to have your dog's kidneys working well. In order to continue working consistently and constantly, your dog needs to have water to move toxins from kidney to bladder and out for elimination. You can talk to your veterinarian about a diuretic that is safe to give to your dog to keep urine passing. But the number one thing that will cause your dog to urinate is to be drinking consistently. Fresh water is important because it will not contain bacteria or parasites that standing water might contain. Encourage your dog to drink after they have urinated to replenish his body of water lost. Offer your dog water after he’s has been outside for extended periods of time as well as after times of exercise. Be sure your dog has access to fresh water after every meal as well, so his foods are easily digested, and his body is working on flushing toxins through the kidneys and bladder and out of his system. Drinking fresh water is fundamental to keeping his kidneys working smoothly and clear of crystals built up over time.


Educating Yourself

Sometimes understanding how to prevent a condition from happening requires you to understand exactly how the body works and what causes the condition to occur. Dogs are built the same, but their bodies may function slightly differently by breed. Some breeds are susceptible to different kinds of kidney stones that other breeds do not often get. Educate yourself on your dog's breed as well as the health conditions your dog could face simply by being that breed. As it relates to kidney stones, educate yourself through your veterinarian on which kind of kidney stone you may need to be concerned with based on the breed of dog you have.

Kidney stones are crystals that form around the urine in the kidneys. Often, depending on breed and condition, these stones could be made of different types of minerals. Also, understand the diet you give your dog to treat potential kidney stones may not be the diet you give your dog in the future to prevent kidney stones from reoccurring. If you suspect your dog has kidney stones, talk to your veterinarian right away to not only treat your dog but also to educate yourself on what to expect in the future and how to prevent your specific breed from suffering kidney stones again.


Importance of Preventing Kidney Stones

Kidney stones can potentially cause serious health issues for your dog, and treating the stones and related complications can be quite expensive. Some dogs who suffer kidney stones and have a blockage will require emergency surgery. Emergency surgery, of course, will involve an emergency veterinary hospital and the costs that will occur as a result of that visit and potential surgery. Managing kidney stones that exist but are not of a size to cause an issue with blockage can also be quite expensive, with special veterinarian-prescribed dietary restrictions and foods.


Simple, but Essential Prevention

Preventing kidney stones is quite a bit less expensive than treating stones. And prevention is relatively easy to do. Ensure your dog has a high-quality diet and access to fresh water every day. Know your dog as well as your dog's breed, and you can prevent all kinds of diseases including kidney stones from developing in your dog. You may be able to supplement your dog's diet with treats they enjoy such as fresh cranberries in their food bowl or probiotics in the form of yogurt or even powder mixed into a nice frozen treat. Kidney stone prevention can be fun for your dog and easy for you to do.