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Medical Mews: Oakley’s Oxalates or Canine Bladder Stones

Oakley* is a 6 year old purebred Bichon whose owners noticed he was really uncomfortable and had difficulty peeing. He was brought in to the Moncton Clinic, where Dr. Duerr discovered Oakley had Bladder Stones.

Bladder Stones in dogs

Bladder and kidney stones come in multiple different types; the most common two types are Struvite and Calcium Oxalate. Oakley had Calcium Oxalate, which is genetically linked to Bichon Frises, Mini Schnauzers, Lhasa Apsos, Yorkies, Mini Poodles and Shih Tzus.  They occur 73% of the time in males over females, and typically between 5-12 years of age. It can be controlled and prevented with a special diet, but requires regular check-ups, radiographs (X-Rays) and blood monitoring for kidney and bladder health.

Oakley’s owners had an unfortunate change in circumstances and could not afford his surgery and the long-term care to manage this lifelong disease. Oakley was relinquished to our care, and with the help of our Oscar Fund and donations, received life-saving surgery to remove the stones that were blocking his urethra and bladder. He was adopted by a family that has another Bichon that is also living with this condition, and is very happy eating his new special diet with his new special friends

Before purchasing a pet, please consider researching the common diseases to watch out for and plan for worse-case scenario. Pet insurance is becoming more and more popular for a reason; to help wonderful families stay together when illnesses develop.

*Names have been changed to protect the furry

 

Further Reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bladder_stone_(animal)

 

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Last updated: August 26, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. CANCELLATION POLICY

Clients must confirm their appointments 24 hours before their scheduled time slot at the latest. We will cancel appointments of clients who do not confirm and give them to waitlisted patients.

4. ZERO TOLERANCE AGAINST ABUSE

We reserve the right to refuse service to clients who verbally, emotionally, or physically harm any of our teammates.

5. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday, Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

 

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital