Kidney stone is the mortal enemy of small dogs

Kidney stone is the mortal enemy of small dogs
We had a pure Pekingese which is a very affectionate lapdog that you can imagine the joy that it gave us. But when it was 8 years old, kidney stones caused blood in the urine. That alarmed us because the vet said that kidney stones are fatal to dogs and it is the mortal enemy of small dogs. After going in and out of the hospital, our dog gave up after 6 months of agony. It was really sad and I was grieving for a week. For the dog lovers who can read this, the lesson learned is not to give your dog any food that has salt. Giving more water often will help in the prevention of kidney stones.

Comments

iambeth
I can't imagine the pain your dog might have gone through especially for such a little dog. I think the availability and convenience of fast food as well as the preservatives added to our food are the main causes of having kidney disease. And since we share our food to our beloved pets they are also afflicted with kidney stones.
Posted by iambeth on 12-14-2018
mark86
Yeah it is hard. And I cant imagine them when they are in pain.
Posted by mark86 on 12-14-2018
vinaya
I have lost my pets and I can understand the pain related to losing a pet that is very dear to you. Once out pet dog died from internal bleeding. We did not realize that there was internal bleeding until, wee show black poop. We took to the vet but it was too late. We never knew the cause of internal bleeding.
Posted by vinaya on 12-14-2018
Frank
Losing a pet one loved can just be like losing a loved one. Our pet was stolen because I don't think it was a case of accident and till date I still missed him. Such a cute innocent dog.
Posted by Frank on 12-15-2018
Frank
Yes, I do this too. I love to give my dog our food which I do sometimes contain more sodium maybe the best bet is giving them more water than the food they're to consume.
Posted by Frank on 12-15-2018
theresajane
Yes, it's with the food. It's just so sad that the poor dog has to go through all of that.
Posted by theresajane on 12-15-2018
kaushikangara
Poor dog would have suffered a lot with the kidney stones. They cannot even express their discomforts and we as humans have to be on the alert always to make sure our pets are receiving the best attention and are in the best of their health. Thank you for letting us know to lessen the intake of salt for dogs and to keep them more hydrated.
Posted by kaushikangara on 12-14-2018
mark86
That is right and I think that is the one thing that we need to understand. Dogs are cannot speak as us so we must taking care of them the best that we could.
Posted by mark86 on 12-14-2018
theresajane
I agree with you. It's just so sad not to be able to communicate with them directly when they feel the pain inside. They don't deserve it. It's horrible.
Posted by theresajane on 12-14-2018
burgosmichael2407
The same goes with us humans. Most of the time we neglect those kinds of advice and healthy reminders but when something goes wrong, that's the only time that we will give importance to our health. Poor dog but lessons learned. Thanks for this reminder. This will really help a lot.
Posted by burgosmichael2407 on 12-14-2018
vinaya
Stones in kidney can be a great problems for animals and human alike. I have had a coupe of relatives who had to go for kidney stone removal surgery. Stones do not only form in kidneys but also in gall bladder. My wife went into gall bladder removal surgery because gallbladder stone.
Posted by vinaya on 12-14-2018
iambeth
My friend just had his gallbladder removed as well due to gallstones. He was always eating out and loved eating sausages and such. It was too late for a lifestyle and diet change since he was already in so much pain due to the swollen gallbladder and gallstones.
Posted by iambeth on 12-14-2018
Frank
Yea, I think we should never pay deaf ear to our health problems. We might be digging our grave if we don't take our health problems seriously. My senior cousin just suffered stroke now because he didn't take his hypertensive drugs seriously.
Posted by Frank on 12-15-2018
Denis_P
I’d say that kidney stones are really the enemy to all small animals, not just dogs. My ex-girlfriend actually almost lost her cat due to the development of stones/crystals in his kidneys. He was in severe pain for quite a while and had trouble urinating, so they took him to the vet to have an emergency surgery in order to get the crystals removed. Much like people, some animals are just predisposed to having kidney stones. In order to prevent further issues, the cat had to be put on a special diet specifically intended for cats with kidney problems. Sometimes we really have to go out of our way to help our furry friends.
Posted by Denis_P on 12-14-2018
mark86
I think most of the animals has had their own weaknesses when it comes to their health and I do believe that kidney stones is one of them. We should care our pet the way we care ourselves.
Posted by mark86 on 12-14-2018
amelia88
Simply heartbreaking to see animals in pain. I have a shihtzu and didn’t know the risks of kidney stones in small dogs but I’ll certainly be aware of it now.
Posted by amelia88 on 12-14-2018
theresajane
That's very sad. The sadness that we felt towards the illness of our pets is the same as with our family members. It must be hard to watch him handling the pain.
Posted by theresajane on 12-14-2018
YoloBoy
It's sad for cute and small adorable dogs have to suffer causes and effects such as this. It really breaks my heart knowing if one of my dogs had to obtain this. All we really have to do is to be able to make sure our dogs are healthy and stay in shape always.
Posted by YoloBoy on 12-14-2018
ivandelrey
I had a dog, she was a shih tzu and she died because of I believe kidney stones because she peed a lot of white stone-like stuff and when crushed they turn to like powder. It was making her hard to pee, I remember her trying so hard I could even hear her fart. Everything went back to normal for a while but then it happened again and that took her life. I remember watching her took her last breath, we were all around her waiting for her to go and that really broke my heart, I don't want that to happen again. She was beautiful, I only have one picture of her because technology wasn't big at that time.
Posted by ivandelrey on 12-15-2018
theresajane
That's very sad. I can't even imagine my dog now, which is my first pet, to experience such pain. I might be in pain too.
Posted by theresajane on 12-15-2018
luv2xacosta
Oh poor dog. It's very painful when you watch your pet suffer and you don't what to do to ease their pain.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-15-2018
jaymish
I have big dogs so I really don't have this problem, however my neighbor has small dogs and they always have this problem. She is always at the vets. Small dogs are cute but the cost so much. If you don't keep taking them for their vaccines and things they get really ill. I think that if you are not willing to spend money on them you should not get them. Generally kidney stones is the biggest problem they have.
Posted by jaymish on 12-15-2018
kaka135
I am sorry about your loss. I didn't know about this, as I only had a Labrador before, and she is a big dog. I think every dog has its issue, Labrador has hers too. My mother-in-law had two small dogs, both Pug. I remember one of them had blood in the urine before it died, perhaps it's also the kidney issue. I agree that we should also beware of the food we give to our dog. My dog was sensitive to rice and bread, the vet said Labrador is quite sensitive, so we should try to avoid many non-dog food, and even dog food, we have to choose cautiously. Hence we don't always give food other than the dog food and treats the vet recommended. But before my dog died, I found out a neighbor's boy always gave pork to my dog. I knew he was really kind to my dog, but my dog couldn't take those food. I didn't know how long my dog had been taking those food, but when we found out he had blood in the urine, it was too late. Here, many people feed dog with human food or leftover food, hence some people do not know some dogs actually can't take certain food.
Posted by kaka135 on 12-15-2018
overcast
Yes the dogs and cats both need to have some sort of movement. If you don't let them have movement and don't let them go out often, they are going to be having issues for the body. Some people need to take care of the health. So better to have the dog go out.
Posted by overcast on 12-15-2018
antonToledo
My condolence to you and your family for the lost of your dog. I know how hard it is to lose someone who is important to us. Dogs are mans best friend because they are intelligent loving and loyal to there owner. I own two dogs and they are important to me I can't bear the thought if they would die.
Posted by antonToledo on 12-15-2018
knnon
This is the reason why it's best to stick to a trusted dog food brand. Losing dogs and any pet for that matter is hard. Since they've already become part of the family. But even with us being so careful with what we feed them they'll still get ill due to genetic reasons. My Shar Pei died a few months ago due to cysts all over her body. There was nothing we could do even with treatments as she started getting weaker as the weeks pass. I still miss her.
Posted by knnon on 12-15-2018
Frank
I have a dog and 3 puppies in my home now and most times we feed them our own food which I know contain alot of salt. Sorry about your loss will have to watch out for this salt contain in their food.
Posted by Frank on 12-15-2018
overcast
Lack of movement for be it humans or animals, lead to weight gain. And weight gain leads to kidney stone. And then it leads to stomach and other liver issues. So it's always better to consider that kidney stone are going to have some sort of issues for the body. In such context you can see that dogs need to have some sort of movement.
Posted by overcast on 12-15-2018
pencilneckgeek
You are correct. Just like us humans, dogs also need proper exercise and diet. Walking your dog daily around your area would be highly beneficial for a dog and it would also be a form of exercise for the owner too. You will be able to socialize with other owners and your dog will be able to interact with other dogs too.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-17-2018
mhingnhormz
Kidney stone is the mortal enemy of small dogs: Sad to hear that your dog has a kidney problem. I have also a dog and I do love it, Luckily our dog was healthy and nothing is weird with him. I agree that it maybe because of what we give to our dog to eat especially those process one. We also do give our dogs a food on what we also eat so we need to ne more extra aware of this
Posted by mhingnhormz on 12-15-2018
Kakashi2020
Dogs develop kidney stones because of the store bought dog food they're eating isn't healthy. I've got dogs and I don't feed them dog food, we cook them a pot of vegetables with beef or chicken or pork broth and add some rice into it along with 2 eggs and they've never visited a vet.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 12-15-2018
NerdIndeed
Interestingly enough. Tortoises often pass bladder stones.

I am always watching my neighbor's tortoise pee pee and have seen her shoot stones out.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 12-15-2018
nekonieden
Oh my gosh, thank you for reminding us this is our alarm not to give any food to our dogs. I have a dog and I can say that I sad to know your story as I remember my dog was confined before because of thick disease, the ehrlichia . But before we knew it, the vet said that there was a possibility that it was kidney stones since he was not eating his dog food and his pooped had a fresh blood. I was crying at that time but thankfully he is okay now. This time I will have to take your advice not to give him food with salt.
Posted by nekonieden on 12-16-2018
pencilneckgeek
It is nice to hear that your dog came through it and is now okay and as a dog lover myself thank you for taking care of your dog and even bringing it to a hospital. Consulting a veterinarian for the type of food your dog needs also helps. Sometimes vets will advise you on that base on the breed and type of the dog that you have.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-17-2018
pencilneckgeek
Losing a pet is hard, especially if you have considered them already a part of your family. Raising a dog in some ways is like having a child but the difference is a child will grow up and be independent while our pets will always be dependent on us. Proper care should always be given to our pets because they have been domesticated by us humans and most will not know how to fend for itself alone in the modern world.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-17-2018