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New Cross vet removes more than 200 bladder stones from dog
Molly the Labrador Collie with owner Jan Revill and some of the large bladder stones which had to be surgically removed
HERE IS the poorly pooch who was carrying more than 200 stones – some as large as grapes – in her bladder.
Owner Jan Revill was horrified to discover large objects in the labrador collie’s urine after the dog started having accidents in the house.
The 60-year-old took Molly to the New Cross PDSA PetAid hospital where an x-ray revealed a hoard of different-shaped stones crammed inside her.
PDSA vet Vincent Tsui immediately put the nine-year-old dog under anaesthetic and removed the “huge mass of stones”.
Mr Tsui, said: “Bladder stones are fairly common, but it’s unusual to see quite so many, and some were as large as grapes.
“The mass of stones was huge and it was unlikely that Molly would be able to pass these naturally; we needed to operate on her before they led to some very serious complications, as well as being very painful for her.”
Ms Revill, who suffers with arthritis and osteoporosis, lives alone and relies on Molly, another dog and two cats for company.
She said: “Now that my children have grown up and moved out, my animals are my life, they’re here for me every night and I’m so appreciative of the care that PDSA offers them.
“I was shocked when I saw the amount of stones; it didn’t seem like they could have fitted inside her. She needed painkillers and antibiotics after the operation.”
Symptoms of bladder stones
Symptoms can include straining or pain when urinating, abdominal discomfort, blood in the urine or inability to urinate, more frequent urinating and vomiting.
Pet owners are advised to arrange a check-up with the vet if they notice a change in pet’s patterns of urination.
PDSA provides free veterinary treatment for the sick and injured pets of eligible owners in need. For further information call 0800 731 2502 or visit pdsa.org.uk