Like people, dogs can develop a variety of bladder and kidney stones. Bladder stones are rock-like formations of minerals that form in the bladder, and are more common than kidney stones in dogs. Bladder crystals are not stones, but more like a snow globe of minerals within the bladder. This is a bit of a sciencey one, so bear with us.
There are 4 main types of urinary bladder stones or crystals. The most common are Struvite stones, also known as Triple Phosphate. Others include Calcium oxalate, Urate/Uric acid and Cystine.
Struvite stones in dogs are usually caused by urinary tract infections and a special diet isn't needed for dogs with these stones once they're either dissolved or surgically removed. Calcium oxalate stones can't be dissolved, however, and usually have to be removed with surgery.
Our meals are nutritionally complete and balanced, and since they're gently cooked, they have a naturally high moisture content - this is ideal for a dog with crystals/stones to keep them well-hydrated after any treatment.
Your vet might recommend a particular diet or medications to dissolve your dog's urinary stones or crystals but once they're sorted, it's likely they'll will be able to return to loving Butternut.