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What Is Canine Urolithiasis In Miniature Schnauzers-

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What Is Canine Urolithiasis In Miniature Schnauzers? By John P Jackson

Urolithiasis in canines is a disease that can affect many pets. Miniature Schnauzers are particularly likely to develop this condition. Urolithiasis is caused by urolith (stones), calculi or kidney stones in the urinary tract. The condition is also referred to as urinary calculi, cystitis or bladder stones. They are very much like kidney stones in human beings and may develop in the kidneys, urethra or any other place in the urinary tract of a Miniature Schnauzer or other dog. The most common place they occur is in the bladder and whether it is crystals or stones, they cause irritation to the lining of the urinary tract, pain, blood in the urine or changes in the urinary bladder lining. In more severe cases of urolithiasis, the flow of urine may be blocked and make urinating very painful, if not completely impossible.

Symptoms of a dog with urolithiasis are quite similar to that of a human being; bloody urine, increased urination, dribbling of urine, appetite loss, vomiting and pain. It is very important that the dog receives immediate medical attention if he shows any of these symptoms, as lack of proper medical treatment of this condition can result in death. The Miniature Schnauzer may show all of these symptoms or maybe just a few, so either way, it is imperative they get medical attention. There are also different types of stones, so it is important to know which type your dog has.

Though a specific cause for urolithiasis has not been determined, many different factors can contribute to its likelihood; age, breed, sex, diet and living quarters are just a few examples. Although a young pup may get this disease, it is much more common in dogs aged 2-10 years old. Males and females can both suffer from urolithiasis, but it is much more common in males because they have a longer and more narrow urethra than a female. Smaller breeds such as the Miniature Schnauzer are more likely to get this disease than a larger breed. A lack of exercise, low fluid intake or the dog being confined so they cannot urinate frequently can all be contributing factors to this disease. Diets that are rich in certain minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein may also lead to urolithiasis developing.

If the dogs urinary tract is blocked, a veterinarian will need to manually empty the bladder and try to fix it the blockage. Years ago a veterinarian would need to surgically remove the stones, which oftentimes is still likely. Most cases of urolithiasis can be cured with proper treatment and a special diet to help reduce excessive amounts of minerals so the dog may more easily pass the stones on their own. This
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can usually take from 4-6 weeks and depends entirely on the severity of the stones. If an infection is also present, the dog will need to take antibiotics.

It is extremely important for a Miniature Schnauzer to follow the right diet so as to help the stones to disappear. After the dog is healthy again, it is equally important the dog stays on a diet that will not cause urolithiasis to develop again at a future point in time. Urolithiasis can be a very serious disease for a Miniature Schnauzer or any other dog, and almost 50% of dogs who have it, suffer from a relapse at a future time, if they go back to the same type of diet they were consuming before the onset of the disease. This page was contributed from http://www.GreatDogSite.com For more information on Miniature Schnauzers, please visit http://www.greatdogsite.com/breeds/details/Miniature_Schnauzer/

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The Disposition Of A Miniature Schnauzer By John P Jackson

Many people get the impression that small dogs have a temperamental disposition and bark excessively, and they tend to view a Miniature Schnauzer in the same manner. This is not completely true where a Miniature Schnauzer is concerned. While these dogs love to bark and are very vocal, this behavior can be tempered with the right training and a lot of patience. They can still be a vocal dog, but not become a nuisance because of excessive barking.

The disposition of a Miniature Schnauzer is very loving towards its owners. They are energetic and lively, but at the same time quite affectionate. They have a strong desire for affection and will actually make themselves sick if they feel neglected. Going for walks with their owner makes them quite happy and content. They also love to lay on the couch and snuggle up along side of their owner or on their lap. When it comes time to go to bed, they love to jump up and burrow under the covers to snuggle.

Miniature Schnauzers are very loyal dogs and fiercely protective of their home and family. Though they might be a bit stubborn on occasion, they are very smart and easy to train. They are also quite spunky and energetic around people and other dogs. Miniature Schnauzers should never be around small rodent like animals, because they will try to chase them down and catch them. There is nothing wrong with their lovable nature, it is inherent with the breed. A Miniature Schnauzer will get along well with other pets in the family who have been introduced gradually over a period of time. They also get along great with anyone or anything they deign a playmate, because playing around is a large part of their life.

Wherever his owners go, he will want to follow and behave as such. The breed grows very depressed when left alone for too long because they are very people oriented animals. They are not a dog that does well when left alone for long stretches of time. They are so affectionate and easily adaptable that they can be content living wherever they are, as long as they have their family. They are not overly attached to specific locations as much as they are to their people. They feel they are a valued member of the family and as such, demand to receive affection and be treated well.

Occasionally you will come across a Miniature Schnauzer that harbors aggression, though this is not normal behavior for this breed. The one thing that can be said about the Miniature Schnauzer is that they have their own minds, whether it be in training or play. For this reason, it is recommended that training commences at an early age in life. If you wait to long for training, it will be harder to get them to respond and do what is expected of them, they have to know they are not the alpha in the household. Once they learn this, they will transform into the most wonderful, loving and intelligent family pet. This page was contributed from http://www.GreatDogSite.com For more information on Miniature Schnauzers, please visit http://www.greatdogsite.com/breeds/details/Miniature_Schnauzer/

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