Jessie's Bladder Stone
Jessie is a 4 year old spayed female cat who was brought in to see Dr. Hunt with a complaint of bloody urine. She was acting normally and her owners reported that she has been a very healthy cat up until this point.
After completing a physical exam, Dr. Hunt decided to take a radiograph (x-ray) of Jessie's abdomen to get a closer look at her bladder. It quickly became clear why there was blood in her urine!
Jessie had a HUGE bladder stone! It can be seen underneath the red arrow in the picture above. A bladder stone is an accumulation of crystals and/or minerals which forms inside the patient's bladder. These formations are very irritating to the bladder wall and urethra, and pets with bladder stones will often have pink or red urine due to the high concentration of blood from that continuing irritation.
Dr. Hunt advised that Jessie be put on a prescription diet that would help to dissolve the stone and prevent any new stones from forming. Another radiograph would be taken in several weeks to see if Jessie's body was responding positively to the new food. While bladder stones can be removed surgically, a non-invasive treatment is often the preferred method for patient and client.
While a prescription diet may not sound very tasty, Jessie readily ate every meal without hesitation! After 3 weeks, it was time to recheck a radiograph.
The stone was significantly reduced in size! Jessie will continue to eat the prescription diet until radiographs show that the stone is completely dissolved. Since she is predisposed to these bladder formations, it would be ideal that she continues the diet long-term to prevent any new stones from forming.