Cystinuria in Dogs: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Cystinuria in dogs is a medical condition that can cause kidney and bladder stones. The disorder is inherited, which means a dog is born with it.

Technically, the condition is caused by a build up of the amino acid cystine in a dog’s urine. Usually, this is due to a problem with the kidneys.

Generally, male dogs suffer from cystinuria more than female dogs. Also, certain breeds including Newfoundlands, Labrador Retrievers, and Bullmastiffs suffer from the condition more than other breeds.

If you see signs that your dog might be suffering from this disorder, then you must consult your veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and course of treatment. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of cystinuria in dogs.

Symptoms of cystinuria in dogs

Cystinuria in dogs can result in a small range of symptoms. Specifically, some of the most common symptoms include:

  • Stomach pains
  • Only peeing in small amounts
  • Pee with blood in it
  • Lethargy
  • Straining while peeing
  • Vomiting

Additionally, in some cases a urinary obstruction can occur. Unfortunately, this can be fatal so consult with your emergency vet if you suspect that this is the case.

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