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"Charlie" - Elderly Dog with Bladder Stone

Charlie

Most people will recognise that passing blood in your urine is never a good sign. Never more so, than in an elderly male dog such as "Charlie".

Whilst a urinary tract infection (or cystitis) giving rise to bleeding is relatively common in the female species it is much less likely in the male. In contrast, problems associated with the prostate gland feature much more prominently. Prostatic enlargement and subsequent secondary infection are all too common in the entire male dog but was a condition we were able to rule out with "Charlie" as he had previously been castrated. Castration shrinks the prostate gland reducing any likelihood of potential problems.

This raised the spectre of possible cancer within the bladder to explain the bleeding which had persisted despite treatment with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Fortunately, a simple radiograph was able to demonstrate a solitary large stone or calculus within the bladder. This had arisen from an excessive build up of calcium oxalate crystals.

Surgery was then performed to remove the offending article. Once seen close up it is not difficult to imagine how this object rattling around his bladder would have caused the observed bleeding: painful to handle let alone rub against his bladder lining! Now that the offending and somewhat expensive stone has been removed "Charlie" can resume his "duty" of remarking his territory without it bringing tears to his eyes!


X-ray

Bladder stone

Terry Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

Geraldine Young BVSc CertSAM MRCVS

Michelle Lampens MRCVS

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