There are many different types of bladder stones and Doc’s definitely required surgery to get them out due to their size and composition. Dr. Pacchiana performed a procedure called a cystotomy on Doc wherein the stones are removed directly from the bladder and everything is flushed clean. Doc is now doing great and on a special diet to help prevent any more stones from forming in the future. Increasing his water intake as much as possible is also going to be important for him to prevent recurrence.
It is important if you notice blood in your pet’s urine or changes in their urination or drinking habits (increased or decreased amount) to have it checked out. Sometimes blood in the urine indicates a urinary tract infection that can be cleared up with a course of antibiotics but other times it can indicate something more complicated or serious and should be investigated further.