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No Day at the Beach

No Day at the Beach

A few short weeks ago, one of our veterinarians asked me to look at something. They slid a blue bowl across the table inside of which I found more than 40 smooth, shiny stones. The rocks varied in size from sand grain to hen’s egg.

These stones were so numerous, they could be palpated (felt) through the dog's abdomen.

These stones were so numerous, they could be palpated (felt) through the dog’s abdomen.

They might have been found on the shores of Lake Erie or alongside a quiet James River tidal pool. Our doc, however, hadn’t been on vacation. Rather, bathed in the warm glow of the surgery suite’s fluorescent lights, they fished these stones out of a dog’s very angry bladder. The unlucky pooch has recovered well and is surely more comfortable.

 

For more information on canine bladder stones, click here.