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I have a 5yr old Bichon Frise. Just lately Ive been cleaning

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I have a 5yr old Bichon Frise. Just lately Ive been cleaning her urinary area as it appears sticky & gritty with what looks like white particles of some sort. Can you advise me please
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Susan :

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Dr. Susan :

It sounds like your little girl is forming crystals/stones in her urinary tract.

Dr. Susan :

Bichon's are one of the breeds that are more likely to form something called struvite stones.

Dr. Susan :

These are often linked to urinary tract infections as well.

Dr. Susan :

I highly recommend having her evaluated by your regular vet.

Dr. Susan :

I would start with a physical exam and x-ray of her abdomen.

Dr. Susan :

This particular type of stone shows up very well on x-ray.

Dr. Susan :

We may need to change her diet to try to dissolve the stones, or she may require surgery.

Dr. Susan :

This is not an emergency yet, but if you note her straining to urinate without producing much, this could indicate that she has a urinary obstruction.

Dr. Susan :

If she seems uncomfortable, she should be seen right away.

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Customer:

Thank you. I just wanted to know if I should take her to my vet or not. The costs as I'm sure you're aware can be expensive when money is tight.

Dr. Susan :

I know it!

Dr. Susan :

It's good to know what to expect when you walk in the door too.

Dr. Susan :

Since she isn't having any problems with urination right now, we can wait and try to treat her medically while you monitor her.

Dr. Susan :

If you are able, I would try to collect some of that grit from her urine to give to her vet. They can submit these tiny stones to a lab to analyze.

Dr. Susan :

Once we know the type of stone, we will know if we might be able to dissolve the stones with a diet change.

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