Ask Seth: Do Dalmatians Typically Get Bladder Stones?


I want to get a Dalmatian but I have concerns about bladder stones, and from what I am reading, this happens often in this breed.  Is this true and what can I do to help my dog?

Dalmatians tend to be more likely to develop bladder stones than other breeds; and, since fate usually throws curves at us, if you get a Dalmatian, yours probably will!  If you like the breed, get one and then make it a habit to have your veterinarian check your dog's urine at least every 6 months. If crystals show up or the degree of acidity or alkalinity (pH) is abnormal, or if bacteria is discovered, you can correct some predisposing factors before actual calculi (stones) form.

Some breeds are predisposed to developing bladder stones, but that does not mean all individuals of that breed will have this experience. Schnauzers and Pugs seem more likely to develop struvite stones, and cats usually have struvite stones.

No matter what breed you choose, learn all you can about what problems seem more prevalent in that breed. Then be proactive in your vigilance to prevent or correct any problems as they arise.

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