Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard cub (7 mos old) - Cape May County Zoo

Monday, May 21, 2012

River Rocks

...or bladder stones...

This morning, I took these out of this:

Notice this bladder has a red appearance and an "angrier" portion at the tip.

This was from a small dog that had 5 river rock like stones and about 15 smaller ones. The bladder wall was very thick. These factors left little room for urine, making the dog feel the urge to urinate all the time.  

We will send the stones out for a mineral analysis to determine what they are composed of and help us change the diet to hopefully (not a GUARANTEE) prevent others from forming. There are some breeds more predisposed to stones and this one is among the top: the Bichon Frise.

This sweet girl only starting showing signs of bloody urine despite the fact that it probably took many months to form these stones.  The owner feels guilty but should NOT. There is no way to "know" unless our pets let us know. Sometimes a physical exam can reveal these but not always. 

She's recovering quite well!

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