I had sent the dog back with a bag of U/D dry. "We can't sleep as he keeps scratching his ears and body the whole night," the wife said. I examined the dog. His right ear is swollen and full of paw scratches. His left ear had a few such marks too. Other than that he was OK.
"I prescribed U/D dry instead of canned U/D to save you money," I gave the usual anti-allergic injection IM and SC. "Since he is allergic to it, stop the feeding."
Coincidentally, a woman came in asking to buy 12 cans of U/D. She showed me a slip of paper with the case reference number. "My daughter asked me to come and buy the food," she said.
"Usually I see a man coming to buy regularly," I said.
"He is my husband and is not free today."
As the dog had recurrent oxalate stones and had two operations. Now, with canned U/D, the dog has no urinary tract problems. "It is better not to eat dry food," the woman said. This case illlustrates that there is a younger adult who is alert and wanting to prevent a 3rd bladder stone operation and that is the daughter.
CASE OF RECURRENT CALCIUM OXALATE STONES
Cocker Spaniel, Male, born in 2002
Two bladder stone surgery at Toa Payoh Vets on:
May 26, 2011
Sep 4, 2012
Before lst operation, the dog was fed dry food.
After lst operation, fed cheap canned food
Now strictly on canned U/D. As at Jun 28, 2013 today, so far so good.
As for the Jack Russell, the wife said: "So troublesome." I gave her 50% back for the opened U/D diet and advised her just to feed home-cooked food. She wanted the Canned U/D and took 12 cans. If there is allergy, I will take back the cans.