I have a 1 year and 1 month old puppy who has come back with…

I have a 1 year and 1 month old puppy who has come back with ammonium Mg phosphate (struvite) in her free catch. I am wondering what is the most cost effective thing is to do from her. My vet pushes for me to get x-rays($135 for first view and an additional $70 for second view, needing at least 2) which also means an initial visit cost of $65 minimum. Depending on what they see they may also need to do ultrasound ($155) and a cystotomy ($1600 minimum). I wanted to just out her on the struvite dissolving food but they insist on xrays to be sure. Her PH is >9 and 3+ for the crystals present. Any guidance would be appreciated.

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

If you can afford it start with an X-ray. If you cannot afford anything start with a good urinary food.

Sarah
2 years ago

Hi there,
You have to be able to trust your vet. They are there for you and your pet. If they feel that the xrays, at the very least, are a necessary step in finding out what treatment options are, then I would go with that. Explain your financial concerns. If you are not sure of this particular vet’s opinion, ask if there is another vet at the practice that could share a second opinion. Hope you find this helpful.