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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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.

Krista Magnifico

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