How to Tell When the Stone Has Passed in a Dog

Detecting when a stone has passed only requires your attention.
Detecting when a stone has passed only requires your attention. (Image: Images)

Bladder and kidney stones can affect your dog's overall health, as well as their overall disposition. Detecting a bladder or kidney stone can be difficult since it requires diligent attention to the dog's attitude and excretions. However, once strange behavior and discharge have been detected and the dog properly diagnosed, knowing what to look for as a sign of a dissolved kidney or bladder stone can be a lot easier.

Observe your dog's overall demeanor. If the dog is acting similarly to how he was before the kidney or bladder stone, the stone is likely no longer there to bother him. If the dog is more melancholy than usual, the stone may still be present, causing the dog pain.

Check the dog's urination patterns. If the dog is struggling to urinate, or if you can detect blood in the urine, the bladder or kidney stone is still present.

Observe the dog's eating patterns. If the dog's appetite has returned to normal, the stone has likely passed, as the dog is no longer distracted by the pain.

Tips & Warnings

  • The only certain way to know if a stone has passed is by taking your dog to your veterinarian and having an x-ray done.

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