In some cases the best option for feline bladder stone treatment is through medication. In addition, many of these materials can be dissolved through the application of a prescription diet such as Hill's Prescription Diet s/d. Generally, the vet will allow up to six weeks for the material to dissolve and pass through the urinary tract. This is the best outcome, but there are times when this option will not work.
There are some types of feline bladder stones that simply will not dissolve. The use of medication and special diets will have no effect at all on them, and they will remain inside your cat. As time goes on, they will actually increase in size as more crystals form onto them. These can lead to very serious, even life-threatening, health problems. The major concern is that the material will get to a size where it is too large to pass through the urinary tract. This increased size may also lead to complete blockage of the urinary tract, meaning the animal will no longer be able to urinate. When this happens, death often results in about three days.
The feline bladder stone treatment for those cases where the material will not dissolve is surgery. The material must be removed or the prognosis becomes very dim indeed.
It is important to remember that unless appropriate action is taken, the bladder stones may reappear. If the diet was the cause of the problem in the first place, and the diet remains the same after the appropriate feline bladder stone treatment has taken place, the problem will simply come back in time. Your vet should be able to tell you what he or she believes was the cause of the build up, and you should heed their advice on the changes needed to prevent further problems.
The stones probably formed because your cat wasn't drinking enough. In the wild cat's tend to get their moisture through food. Domestic cats are often fed dry food which has 80% less moisture than canned. A simple switch to canned, and providing your cat fresh water in places where your cat likes to be in your home can help.
A natural dietary supplement can also help. These types of products have a long history of supporting the urinary tract and helping to correct the PH of the urine. The PH is what determines the ability of the urine to fight urinary tract infection which causes inflammation. When the urinary tract is inflamed, openings become smaller, which traps crystals, the building block of cat bladder stones.
In many cases, the feline bladder stone treatment course will include follow ups with the vet. It is important to make sure that you keep these appointments as they can often prevent future problems.