Dog Urinary Health, Urine Crystals, and Stones
Urinary Crystals in Dogs
Crystals forming in the bladder can create problems with your dog as they have the capability to block urine flow either partially or completely. Common causative factors include high urine pH, urinary irritation, bacterial infection or contamination.
The quality and quantity of water consumed also plays a role. Dogs often have a tendency to not consume enough water. Combine this with water that is allowed to stand too long, or otherwise collect bacteria, and you have ideal conditions for CRYSTAL formation.
How Struvite Crystals are Formed
As internal bacteria multiply, they interact with the walls of the bladder and produce ammonia as a by-product. This action elevates the local pH of the bladder, increasing the formation of crystals. The buildup begins to constrict urine flow. Left alone, these blockages can escalate into a serious health problem.
Crystals & Stone Formation
Struvite is the name given to the crystal composed of Magnesium, Ammonium, and Phosphate. Struvite crystals are not uncommon in normal urine and are usually of no consequence. But, when they begin to be present in very large amounts, this buildup can create blockages and may even form stones, which can then create more damaging blockages. Stone formation is tied to a prolonged problem, and likely more common in Dogs. And, the stones are much more serious than the Crystals. Treatment by a qualified Veterinarian should be sought immediately.
Symptoms of Urinary Crystals in Dogs
Typical symptoms would be incontinence (uncontrolled leaking), urinating too frequently, wetting or accidents at random times. And, on the flip-side, the inability to urinate when actually trying to. Vet treatment will usually include an examination to find the exact type of bacteria to attack, and then a prescription of antibiotics to get that infection under control. Dogs are often listless, lose appetite, and likely not drinking – this is a rough period for the dog.
Natural Support for Urinary Crystals in Dogs
Several NZYMES® products can be very helpful and supportive of the body’s portion of the healing process. Getting the animal to eat something simple/helpful like plain yogurt with Sprouted Granules mixed in (or crushed up Antioxidant Treats), will not only get some powerful nutrition into the body, it can support/fuel immune recovery capabilities. Adding Ox-E-Drops to the drinking water or dish can help maintain purity, and adding some Bac-Pak Plus in with the yogurt will help restore needed ‘friendly bacteria’ for boosting immune function as well, and defending against the invading bacteria.