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Buddy is a 4 year old, male Chocolate Labrador whose concerned owners bought him in to the clinic one Sunday evening. Buddy had not been himself all day and appeared to be very uncomfortable. On examination the vet found that he had a high temperature. His abdomen was painful and the vet could palpate a mass, although at this stage it was unclear whether it was linked to Buddy’s bladder or his intestines.
Xrays revealed nothing abnormal in the intestines but suspicious radiopaque areas in the bladder. Further contrast xrays showed the presence of bladder stones. Buddy was catheterized to relief his discomfort, placed on a drip and pain killers and antibiotics were administered. The next morning Buddy was anaesthetised and surgery performed to open into his bladder and remove the stones.
The surgery was successful, a total of 7 stones were removed. Bladder stones occur when minerals in the urine precipitate. This can happen for many reasons, the most common being related to diet, breed disposition, inactivity and infection. A sample of urine and the stones were sent to the laboratory for identification. Treatment and preven- tion of recurrence is dependant on the mineral composition of the stone. At his post op recheck Buddy was progressing well and his sutures are due to be removed in a few days time.
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