What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?
Affected dogs will show no clinical signs of disease in the early stages. As stones form, dogs will often urinate more frequently, urinate in inappropriate places, and possibly have blood in their urine. If a urinary obstruction forms, they are unable to urinate despite frequent straining. This is a medical emergency.
When do signs and symptoms develop?
Most dogs are adults before they show any signs of urinary issues (4-6 years on average).
How do vets diagnose this condition?
Urate stones are invisible on X-rays and must be diagnosed by a veterinarian via ultrasound or urine sediment analysis. If left undiagnosed, bladder stones can lead to urinary obstruction, which can be life-threatening.
How is this condition treated?
If caught early, it is responsive to dietary management. Surgical intervention is often required when stones or an obstruction forms.
What actions should I take if my dog is affected?
Closely monitoring your dog's urination habits, routine lab work, and following your veterinarian's nutritional advice are the best ways to keep your dog healthy.