My little dog has bladder stones. Can you answer a couple of questions to help us get through this with dietary treatment alone?
I found out this weekend that my miniature dachshund Addie
has bladder stones. The vet has put her on Hill's S/D (canned) to try to dissolve the stones, but if this does not work in 3 weeks or so, she may have to have surgery. From the size of the stones, the vet thinks this will have to happen, so I am anxious to try to give the food the best chance to work.
Addie, of course, does not like the food. Is there any way I can make it more appealing to her without introducing ingredients that would defeat the purpose? If it were an ordinary change of food, I would let her make up her own mind about when to eat what she was given, but she needs to take this stuff in.
Is it OK that I have to give Addie her antibiotic and pain pills with a little peanut butter or cheese? I have not found another way to get pills down her without the assistance of another person to help hold her mouth open and her body still until she swallows. I had mentioned the peanut butter technique to the vet, and he didn't say anything was wrong with it, but that was before he detected the bladder stones.
Any other advice would be appreciated.
(P.S. I might note that, a while ago, I asked a question here about her treatment because I wasn't sure that I could trust her vet's office. She's with a different vet now -- that's no problem.)