Aiding the Flow in Canine Urolithiasis

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Published on: 23.10.2015


Clare Spencer BVetMed MRCVS

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About The Webinar

CPD concerning lower urinary tract disorders (LUTD) is often focused on feline idiopathic cystitis, whereas urinary tract infection and urolithiasis are more commonly diagnosed in dogs. Swift management is essential when uroliths obstruct urine flow. Urinalysis, imaging and a sound knowledge of risk factors help determine likely urolith composition; struvite and calcium oxalate being most common. Struvite dissolution diets and antibiosis are now routinely employed. However, calcium oxalate cannot be dissolved through dietary means and surgery may result in stones being inadvertently left behind, so other non-surgical treatment methods may be preferred. Accurate urolith analysis is vital when planning nutritional management to help prevention and routine urinalysis and imaging aid diagnosis of recurrence so that non-surgical treatments can be employed early.

What you will learn:

  • How to recognise lower urinary tract signs in dogs and revise how they are currently and routinely investigated
  • How to compare the common causes of canine lower urinary tract disorders with those diagnosed in cats
  • Know which risk factors are important in the formation of common canine uroliths
  • Revise the key nutritional factors of concern when managing uroliths in dogs and know which types can be dissolved using nutritional management
  • Which evidence supports routinely recommended treatments for dogs diagnosed with urolithiasis

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