Bladder Stone Removal In McKinney, TX

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What Is Bladder Stone Removal?

Bladder stones are a common condition in dogs and cats. Also referred to as uroliths, bladder stones are rock-like crystals that become trapped in the bladder and affect your pet's ability to urinate. They usually form over time and can range in size and type, including struvite stones and calcium oxalate stones. Symptoms of bladder stones in cats and dogs include:

  • Urinating in the house
  • Difficulty or inability to urinate
  • Abdominal pain or tenderness
  • Blood in the urine
  • Needing to urinate frequently
  • Licking the genital area

If your pet is showing signs of bladder stones, don't hesitate to reach out to Pet Method in McKinney, TX. Integrative veterinary expert Dr. Hunter Finn specializes in the diagnosis and removal of bladder stones using the most effective surgical methods.

How Bladder Stone Removal Works

During your visit to Pet Method, x-rays or ultrasounds may be performed to pinpoint the location and size of the bladder stones. Removal surgery is often needed, although this is not always the case. For smaller bladder stones that are caught early on, Dr. Finn might recommend less invasive methods to help the stones pass naturally. For surgical removal of bladder stones (cystotomy), your pet will be asleep under general anesthesia before an incision is made in the abdomen. Dr. Finn will remove the stones through the incision, followed by closing it up with staples or stitches. Our team will provide instructions on how to care for your pet during the recovery period. Additionally, Dr. Finn can offer practical tips and dietary guidance to help your pet avoid getting bladder stones in the future.

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Prompt Care for Urinary Stones

Bladder stones are not only painful, but they can lead to obstruction if left untreated. At Pet Method, Dr. Hunter Finn performs bladder stone removal surgery for dogs and cats of all types in McKinney, TX. He and his team are dedicated to offering the highest levels of compassionate care. Contact our office to schedule a visit today.

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    Bladder Stone Removal FAQs

    No, it doesn’t. Depending on your pet’s needs, Dr. Finn can also use less invasive methods that help your pet to pass the stones naturally.

    No, they won’t. Before any incision is made for surgical removal of bladder stones, your pet will be put under general anesthesia, meaning they will be safely asleep during the entire procedure. Dr. Finn will give you aftercare instructions to help your pet heal safely and comfortably.

    Depending on the type of bladder stones your pet has, Dr. Finn can prescribe a special diet or medications that can help reduce their risk for developing future bladder stones. At home, you can increase the amount of water your pet drinks, do not give them table scraps, feed canned food, and add water to dry and/or canned food. One of the best things you can do to help your pet is to be vigilant in monitoring them for any symptoms of bladder stones so they can receive early treatment if necessary.