Snap is a 5 year old female cat who came to see us for blood in her urine, laying by her litter box and straining to urinate.
The radiograph on the right shows 2 large bladder stones. We cannot tell what type of bladder stones they are based on a radiograph, but given the high pH of her urine, struvite stones were a possibility. She was put on a prescription diet called Hills C/D, given antibiotics and pain management.
The radiograph on the left is 2 weeks later and shows the stones to be reduced in size by about 50%.
The final radiograph is 5 weeks later and it shows complete dissolution of the stones.
We don’t always know why cats develop bladder stones. Some are related to previous infections, some are related to a combination of an individual cat’s own chemistry, metabolism of certain minerals in the diet and urinary pH.
Many factors are involved when a Veterinarian decides if diet dissolution is the right choice for an individual patient. Factors include: gender, size of stones, results of urine testing, exam findings and clinical judgement.
Snap was very happy she avoided a bladder surgery and will stay on a urinary diet life-long to prevent recurrence of the stones.