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Kidney Stones in Dogs and Cats

Kidney Stones in Dogs and Cats

Herbal nutrition to help address and potentially bypass kidney stone formation and infections of the kidneys and urinary tract in dogs and cats. 

When kidney problems present in dogs and cats, the kidneys require nutritional support but so do the other body systems that are affected by kidney dysfunction, including the liver, cardiovascular system and autonomic nervous system. Herbal nutrition may help support and rehabilitate the kidneys as well as surrounding tissues and body systems to restore balanced kidney function in dogs and cats. 

The endocrine system interacts with many organs and bodily systems, and the adrenal and thyroid glands plays a major role in providing critical trace nutrient support to all glands and tissue, and the adrenals can become stressed and fatigued, also affecting the liver, duodenum, and kidneys.

Kidney stones, including crystals and calculi, are created when your pet's urine is over saturated with urine crystals due to a high concentration of mineral salts or due to excess calcium in the body. Over saturation can be caused by increased excretion of crystals by the kidneys, increased water re-absorption by the kidneys, and/or changes to your pet's urine pH balance, which can lead to the formation of crystals. 

Kidney stones can also be caused by urinary tract inflammation and infections, (interchangeably known as UTI's), kidney infections, defective bladder tissue and reduced kidney function, the result of using certain medications, poor diet, metabolic dysfunction, genetics, infrequent urination and dehydration. When one or more events occur, a cluster of cells collect debris, the debris causes irritation and infection, and the stone begins to form as a result. 

Most kidney stones are composed of mineral salts from common elements, including phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, ammonia, and carbonates.

Types of kidney stones include:


Calcium oxylate



Calcium phosphate

Silicate stones.

Depending on the type of stone found in the urinary tract, certain dog and cat breeds are more predisposed to forming kidney stones. Struvite stones are more common among Miniature Schnauzers, Bichon Frise, and Cocker Spaniels. Calcium oxylate stones are more common among Miniature Schnauzers, Shih Tzu's, and Bichon Frise, as well as Burmese, Persian, and Himalayan cats.

Kidney stones can break off, leading to potential urinary tract obstruction as the stones must exit your pet's body through its urinary tract. Kidney stones can block your pet's urine flow, causing the kidneys to swell if the stone is too large, resulting in serious illness and possible death.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal and homeopathic remedies have proven to be highly effective in the treatment of kidney inflammation and infections as well as other urinary related problems due to their anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antibiotic and antiseptic properties; to help break down kidney stones due to the antilithic (stone breaking) plant actions; may help nutritionally address kidney disease and dysfunction; to help improve kidney and urinary function and support; to help purify and cleanse the blood; to help remove waste and to reduce water retention; to help promote kidney, liver and urinary tract health and to help maintain healthy blood pressure.

Stix & Stones – (learn more) promotes improved kidney function, helps to break up kidney, liver, gallbladder and bladder stones and gravel (active stones, crystals and as a preventative); helps to safely remove stones from the body; helps to treat urinary tract infections (bladder and kidney infections; for kidney and liver disease; tones and balances kidney, liver, intestine, pancreas, gall bladder function and health; reduces uric acid levels in urine; increases urination, blocks the formation of calcium crystals such as calcium oxalate and prevents them from entering kidney and bladder cells, provides pH modulation, for urinary system disorders and pathologies and for hepatic insufficiency. This product has been proven to be 90% effective at addressing urinary tract infections, and all types of stones, gravel, calculi and crystals in dogs and cats.

Break It Up  (learn more) helps to eliminate liver, kidney, bladder and gall stones, crystals, grains and gravel (calcium oxalate, struvite, uric acid, cystine, calcium phosphate and silica stones ) with less pain and safely removes them from the body; helps to treat bladder and kidney infections (urinary infections) and diseases, balances and normalizes liver enzyme levels, reduces uric acid and increases urination, for cystitis and prostatitis, infectious hepatitis and leptospirosis, Fatty Liver Disease, (hepatic lipidosis), Feline cholangiohepatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urological Syndrome (FUS), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Infection (FIV), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Intestinal Dysbiosis and Intestinal Hypermerability. This product has been proven to be 90% effective at addressing urinary tract infections, stones, gravel, calculi and crystals in dogs and cats.

Break It Up Meal Topper – (learn more) has been proven to break up to 94% of bladder stones, crystals, calculi and gravel within 2 weeks of use; may help address all types of stones, including liver, kidney, bladder and gall stones, gravel, crystals, grains and calculi, including calcium oxalate, struvite, uric acid, cystine, calcium phosphate and silica stones; adaptogen content may help work preventatively against future stone formation and urinary tract infection by helping to identify and nutritionally address cellular imbalances related to stone and infection cycles; adaptogen content may help address urinary tract infections, including chronic UTI’s by nutritionally helping identify and correct cellular imbalances and infection cycles; may help reduce the amount of cortisol and calcium produced in the urine and helps normalize pH levels in the animal body, which may be beneficial for dogs and cats suffering from chronic and episodic upper urinary tract and bladder infections and kidney infections; may help normalize liver enzyme levels, helps reduce uric acid, helps acidify urine and helps increase urination and may provide relief from prostatitis.

Yummy Tummy  (learn more) promotes Probiotic digestive, urinary, bladder and gall bladder support, for all types of digestive disorders, promotes proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients, for bladder (cystitis) and kidney (pyelonephritis) infections, for urine leakage and urinary incontinence, as a natural, plant-based steroid alternative, provides important support for cramping, pain, discomfort, Gastroenteritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disorder (IBD), prostate inflammation, BHP, prostatitis, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS) and for Candida albicans.


Conventional Remedies:

Depending on the type, size, number, and location of the stones, treatment may vary. If the stones are in the urethra or the ureters, surgery may be necessary since urinary obstructions can lead to kidney shut down and death.

If the stones are in the bladder and they are struvite stones, veterinarians suggest that stones can be eliminated by feeding your pet a special diet (low in calcium, magnesium and protein) together with dissolving agents in it. These agents will eliminate the stones by dissolving them and causing them to pass through your dog's system.

For pets with uric acid stones, a diet that is low in purines may be recommended. Purines are found primarily in animal proteins and are metabolized into uric acid in the body.



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