How do you treat bladder stones in guinea pigs?
If the stone is still quite small, then it might be flushed out naturally with increased water intake, though at some pain to the pig. A low-calcium diet, medication, or other tips prescribed by your vet may prevent it from growing even further.
How do I know if my guinea pig has a bladder stone?
Any guinea pig that is having trouble urinating, losing weight, or just acting unusual could have a bladder stone. X-ray films and an ultrasound may help confirm that a bladder stone is present. Unfortunately, surgery to remove the bladder stone is usually needed.
Can guinea pigs pass stones?
Treatment. Most guinea pigs cannot pass bladder stones on their own and require surgery to remove them. Bladder stones in the urethra can sometimes be plucked from the urethra if close to the opening.
Can bladder stones go away on their own?
Most bladder stones pass on their own or can be removed. They do not cause permanent damage to the bladder. They may come back if the cause is not corrected. Left untreated, stones may cause repeated UTIs.
What are the signs of bladder stones?
Typical symptoms of bladder stones include:
- lower abdominal pain, which can often be severe (men may also have pain in or around their penis)
- pain or difficulty when peeing.
- peeing more frequently (particularly at night)
- cloudy or dark-coloured urine.
- blood in the urine.
How do you get rid of bladder stones naturally?
Drinking lots of water may help a small stone pass naturally. However, because bladder stones are often caused by difficulty emptying your bladder completely, extra water may not be enough to make the stone pass. Most of the time, you’ll need to have the stones removed.
How do you tell if your guinea pig has a urinary tract infection?
Urinary Tract: Bladder infections or stones can occur in your guinea pig. Signs include blood in the urine, straining or crying when urinating, weight loss, lethargy, or lack of appetite. An x-ray and urine collection by your veterinarian may be necessary to diagnose this problem.
What kind of stones do guinea pigs get?
Stones in guinea pigs appear to universally be calcium containing salts; these can include calcium oxalate, calcium phosphate or calcium carbonate. In my experience calcium oxalate seems to be the most prevalent.
What helps dissolve bladder stones?
The only potentially effective medical treatment for bladder calculi is urinary alkalization for the dissolution of uric acid stones. Stone dissolution may be possible if the urinary pH can be raised to 6.5 or higher. Potassium citrate 60 mEq/day is the treatment of choice.
How do you dissolve bladder stones naturally?
What will dissolve bladder stones?
What happens if bladder stones are not removed?
They do not cause permanent damage to the bladder. They may come back if the cause is not corrected. Left untreated, stones may cause repeated UTIs. This can also cause permanent damage to the bladder or kidneys.