Canine Bladder Stones
Answered by: Kerry Hackett
Question from: Carol Newsbaum
Posted on: November 05, 2005

My name is Chu-Chi. I am a 9 year old Lhasa Apso. I just had bladder stone surgery. I am waiting to find out what formed my stones. In the meantime are there any natural treats my Mom can give me?

As there is a distinct possibility that the stones could reform, it is important to get onto a treatment plan as soon as possible. What follows is a generalised set of recommendations only and your dog may need to see a qualified herbal practitioner experienced in canine health in order to receive specific advice. First off, your dog’s diet should be based on a homemade recipe. There are many to choose from within the following books: Richard Pitcairn’s "Natural Health for Dogs and Cats", "The Complete Herbal Handbook for the Dog and Cat" by Juliette de Bairacli Levy and "The Barf Diet" by Ian Billinghurst. Second, a number of supplements can be added to your dog’s food to help acidify the urine and heal the bladder. Vitamin C (crushed): 250 mg twice a day, B complex (crushed): 10 mg once a day and Cod Liver Oil: read the label of the bottle and add an amount equal to 2500 IU Vitamin A once a day. As well you could you also add Marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) in glycerite form or as a tea to his food. This herb has wonderful, mucilagenous properties that will help to soothe and heal your dog’s entire urinary tract. Marshmallow glycerite should be available at a shop that specialises in herbs or in many health food stores. Add 20 drops to his food twice a day. If you can only find Marshmallow root in its dried form, put two teaspoons root in a pot containing one cup of water. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool and strain. Add one tablespoon to your dog’s food twice a day.

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