How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Gary Your Own Question
Dr. Gary
Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 19293
Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Gary is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My dog has been diagnosed repeatly with calcium crystals,

Customer Question

My dog has been diagnosed repeatly with calcium crystals, now the crystals are gone but the tests show little blood in his urine. Also his ALP level is elevated and the elevation has increased in 1 year by 60%. The vet don't know the answer nothing shows in is bloodwork. They suggest I feed him RC Satiety urinary/diet/mature consult. Pleae let me know your thoughts.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 4 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for the question.

When we have calcium oxalate crystals, I don't usually worry too much unless they are forming stones. If we have calcium oxalate stones, that is something I want to prevent. I usually recommend Hill's U/D diet. If that is not preventing them from forming, then I'll add potassium citrate.

The high ALP is a little concerning. I would want to rule out Cushing's as that is a common cause of an elevated ALP. This is where the adrenals are overactive producing cortisol.

If he were my case, I would feed Hill's U/D. If I were still seeing crystals in 1-2 months, then I may add Potassium Citrate.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 4 months ago.

Here's a nice link on Calcium Oxalate stones and prevention:

Related Dog Veterinary Questions