How can I prevent recurring Bladder stones?

Our question this week was:

Could Dr. Debra please answer my question? My Pug Brandi is five years old. For the past three years she has had two bladder-stone surgeries. Now, She has symptoms of having them again. What can I do to prevent her from getting bladder stones? Her diet is only Science Diet CD-formula (dry).


Priscilla Britton


Hi – thanks for your email. Sorry to hear about your pug's recurrent bladder stones. There is no ideal or perfect way to "prevent" bladder stones. The most important thing you can do is to have the stones analyzed and ensure that you are on a diet to prevent those stones. It is important to NOT feed any treats or table food if you are on a prescription diet to prevent stones. Any additional treats can create an imbalance that may make the diet not work. You can make treats from the canned version of the food if needed.

Go to – Tip for Treats for Dogs with Bladder stones.

Another important thing you can do is to encourage your dog to drink plenty of fresh clean water. The more the better.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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