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If your pet seems particularly itchy lately, you may wonder whether she’s suffering from allergies. Excessive scratching isn’t the only sign of an allergic condition, but it’s the most common; of course, itching can also indicate any number of other problems, so leave diagnosis to your veterinarian. However, by considering your pet’s signs and symptoms, you can get a good idea whether she has one of the four types of allergies: flea, food, contact or environmental allergies.
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Pet Of The Month
Emerald (Emma) ❤ Vegnaduzzo
Emma ❤ is a young Schnauzer who presented for difficulties urinating. She was dribbling urine and had obvious soreness while urinating. A urinalysis revealed a urinary tract infection. Despite being on antibiotics and pain relief, the symptoms continued. An x-ray revealed a large number of stones in the bladder. A cystotomy [bladder surgery] was performed to remove the stones, and they were sent off for analysis. Emma recovered well from the procedure.
Stones of the urinary tract can be found in the kidney [renoliths], ureters [ureteroliths], bladder [uroliths] or urethra [urethroliths]. Most humans have heard of kidney stones and It is often very surprising to people when they are found in the bladder.
There are multiple types of stones and they each have a variety of factors that lead to their formulation. For example some breeds of dogs are prone to developing stones [e.g. Schnauzers, Dalmatians], some lifestyles predispose to it [e.g. Neutered, indoor male cats] and some stones develop secondary to urinary tract infections.
Diet has also been linked to stone formations, and so some pet food companies have researched and developed specific diets to help try and prevent the formation of stones in our furry friends.
Emma has been doing very well since the procedure, and her family could not be happier. Her stones we determined to be composed of Calcium Oxalate, which is very common for the breed. We wish her family the best for the future!