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Veterinarian Technician April 2012 (Vol 33, No 4)

Final View: China’s Stone “Factory”

by Karen O’Brien, RVT, Megan Bagsby, RVT

    China—a 6-year-old, 18-lb (8.2-kg), spayed pug—presented to our clinic with a history of leaking urine. (She had recently received a diagnosis of a bladder stone at another veterinary office, but she had been surrendered to a rescue group because her owner could not afford to remove the stone.) On palpation, the bladder was distended to the size of a tennis ball. Radiographs revealed five large stones and many others that were too numerous to count, leaving minimal room for urine (FIGURE 1). While under anesthesia for surgery, China passed four small stones. All the stones were removed by routine cystotomy and were found to be 100% struvite on analysis (FIGURE 2). China was prescribed antibiotics as well as a diet to help prevent recurrence of bladder stones. China is currently living with a foster family while her adoption is pending (FIGURE 3).

    bladder stones

    Figure 1. As revealed in this radiograph, China’s bladder was full of stones.

    Stones--100% struvite

    Figure 2. All the stones were found to be 100% struvite.

    China, a pug

    Figure 3. China is stone free and ready for adoption.

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