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Had Abril to the Vet today. She became ill over the Memorial Day weekend starting on Sunday and it just got worse. Doctor did blood work up and a urinalysis as well as an x-ray. She has 4 large stones and many little ones also. So Thursday she will have surgery as she is in quite a bit of pain. Oh my heart hurts for her. I was told it is a long surgery and they will keep her overnight. 2 weeks for healing totally. Will probably need to go on a special diet after we find what the stones contain. Has anyone else run into this with their Havs? We are planning on getting a puppy in September and I really do not know much about this or how to prevent it.

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My Bichon had bladder stones and had to have surgery. She was on a special diet after that and did not have any further problems other than an occassional UTI. You have to be sure to keep your dog hydrated. She ate mostly canned food because of the high moisture content. If you feed kibble I would moisten it first with water. Be careful that any treats you give her are acceptable with the special diet because anything that changes the pH of the urine can cause crystals and more stones. If you end up with a prescription diet some will have treats to go along with them. Otherwise you can make treats by baking the canned dog food. If your new puppy will be on a kibble diet it would be a good idea to moisten it before feeding.
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My Bichon had bladder stones and had to have surgery. She was on a special diet after that and did not have any further problems other than an occassional UTI. You have to be sure to keep your dog hydrated. She ate mostly canned food because of the high moisture content. If you feed kibble I would moisten it first with water. Be careful that any treats you give her are acceptable with the special diet because anything that changes the pH of the urine can cause crystals and more stones. If you end up with a prescription diet some will have treats to go along with them. Otherwise you can make treats by baking the canned dog food. If your new puppy will be on a kibble diet it would be a good idea to moisten it before feeding.
I had never heard of bladder stones before, kidney stones or gallbladder stones in people. I thought it might be a UTI which is why I took her these others took me off guard. Was told she is in pain but she never showed she was in pain which makes me feel very badly. Thanks about the treats as it makes sense. The breeder sells dog food from US and I need to buy at least 1 bag of Puppy from her. She is pretty good with instructing and guiding. But for a puppy moistening with water is a wise move. Abril does drink water throughout the day but I will keep tabs on that also. Again thanks.

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Patty - I'm so sorry Abril requires bladder surgery this week. You must be so worried. We'll be sending healing thoughts your way on Thu.

Here's an article from Dr. Karen Becker:

Your Pet's Biologically Imperfect Food Can Lead to Struvite Stones

I encourage you to consider feeding Abril a moisture-rich diet, which means something other than kibble. Good luck!

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So sorry for Abril's problems! I don't know of other Havanese with bladder stones, but a friend's Miniature Schnauzer just had to have surgery for it. The good news is that she felt SOOOO much better, even just a few days after the surgery. So we will keep Abril in our thoughts and hope she responds just as well!
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I'm so sorry. Hope she has a quick recovery! I'm sure she will feel so much better after they are out of there.
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Patty - I'm so sorry Abril requires bladder surgery this week. You must be so worried. We'll be sending healing thoughts your way on Thu.

Here's an article from Dr. Karen Becker:

Your Pet's Biologically Imperfect Food Can Lead to Struvite Stones

I encourage you to consider feeding Abril a moisture-rich diet, which means something other than kibble. Good luck!
Good article, thank you for sharing..I have a better understanding now. And I will talk to the dr about if the new puppy should be on the kibble.

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So sorry for Abril's problems! I don't know of other Havanese with bladder stones, but a friend's Miniature Schnauzer just had to have surgery for it. The good news is that she felt SOOOO much better, even just a few days after the surgery. So we will keep Abril in our thoughts and hope she responds just as well!
I feel so badly that I did not know she was in pain. She never showed it in any way.

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Sending good thoughts for you sweet Abril.
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I feel so badly that I did not know she was in pain. She never showed it in any way.
Don't feel too bad... Dogs can be pretty good at covering it up when they are in pain.
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