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Although bladder stones are common in all dogs, miniature schnauzers are 10 to 20 times more likely to develop a specific type of stone – calcium oxalate – than other breeds. This type of urinary stone can cause life-threatening obstruction of the urinary tract and often needs to be removed through surgery or other techniques. Even with dietary and medical preventive measures, calcium oxalate stones have a high rate of recurrence. Researchers will investigate if calcium concentrations in urine can be used as a non-invasive marker for miniature schnauzers at risk of developing calcium oxalate bladder stones. Data will be used to develop a screening test to identify at-risk dogs, and monitor the efficacy of prescribed prevention measures.

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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United States
Susan Carr, BVSc, MANZCVS
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Urinary System (Kidney, Bladder)