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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My dog had stones removed from s bladder. after analysis the

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my dog had stones removed from his bladder. after analysis the lab said he had a bacteria I don't know if I'm spelling it correctly but it sounds like shoovite. what are the treatments and or after care for this malady
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

Mario, the stones consisted of struvite - a mineral composed of magnesium ammonium phosphate. Struvites are commonly associated with bacterial urinary tract infection - primarily with Staphylococcus. Acute general treatment consists of surgery and antibiotics for the infection based on culture and susceptibility results. Chronic treatment consists of rigorous control of infection by repeating cultures to ensure sterile urine - Rocky's vet should establish a schedule for monitoring Rocky's urine for infection; promoting waer consumption to avoid concentrated urine (e.g., canned food, wetting dry food); and dietary therapy in an attempt to prevent recurrent struvite urolithiasis (urinary stones) such as Prescription Diet Multicare c/d and w/d, and Royal Canin SO.

If urinary infection can be eliminated, long-term diet change isn't necessary. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.