The Best Dog Food For Dogs With Bladder Stones
If your dog is experiencing bladder or urinary stones, they may be in a lot of pain. Bladder stones are a collection of minerals and other materials that frequently form due to infection but can also form because of abnormal mineral metabolism. The two most common stone types are struvites (caused by infection) and calcium oxalates.
Signs of bladder stones in dogs include: urinary accidents, frequent attempts to urinate without producing much urine, straining to urinate, discolored urine, and licking around the urinary opening.
Depending on the severity of the condition, a few different treatment approaches may be taken. If stones are large, surgical removal may be warranted. If stones are small, nonsurgical removal may be possible by flushing the stones out with a special catheter. Newer techniques include using a laser to break apart the stones in the bladder. If stones are of a certain kind and size (struvites), a special diet may be able to help dissolve them in combination with antibiotics. Calcium oxalate stones, on the other, hand don’t dissolve.
So, what is the best dog food for dogs with bladder stones, and is there a dog food to prevent bladder stones? It depends. You’ll want to speak with your vet about your dog’s specific health history to learn more about if fresh food is a good dog food for bladder stones. Generally speaking, fresh food can be a very healthy option for dogs. When you choose a food that's freshly prepared in small batches, with minimal, restaurant-quality ingredients and no artificial fillers, you can see exactly what your pup is getting. The high moisture content of fresh foods also promotes more urine to be produced which has a flushing effect in the bladder.
At NomNomNow, our recipes are all cooked fresh and made with human-grade, high-quality ingredients and no artificial ingredients or fillers. They are portion-controlled and carefully balanced with the right amount of protein to help maintain muscle mass, strength, and support all the essential functions of the body. All of our fresh dog food recipes also include healthy oils, such as fish oil or sunflower oil, to promote healthy skin and combat allergies.
If you have a dog with bladder stones and are interested in trying fresh food as a dog food for bladder stones prevention, please make sure to discuss it with your vet first. Our team will also ask to learn more about your pet’s health history when determining if NomNomNow is right for you.