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Q&A: What Treats Can a Dog With Bladder Stones Have?

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Dr. Mark is a veterinarian. He has been working with dogs for more than 40 years.

What treats can you give a dog who suffers from bladder stones?

What treats can you give a dog who suffers from bladder stones?

Can I Feed My Dog Treats or Only the Prescription Diet?

"My Shih Tzu had a struvite stone removed and is now eating Royal Canin SO food. Is there any people food that I can give her for an occasional treat?" —Elaine

For Some Dogs, People Food Is a No

It is a long-standing belief in veterinary medicine that you can only give 5–10% treats without messing up your dog's diet, but as far as I know, there has been no research on this and no one can prove that it is true.

Hills and the other manufacturers of prescription diets recommend that no treats be given, and for a dog on an exclusion diet (like duck) or with a stomach sensitive to anything new, this makes sense.

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Make Prescription Dog Food Into Treats

The companies that sell these products recommend that you open a can from both ends, remove the whole thing and slice it into one-inch sections. The slices are then cut into wedge-shaped sections and baked into treats. You can also make treats from dry food. (1)

Royal Canin SO Diet for Dogs With Bladder Stones

Royal Canin does make SO treats. If your vet does not carry them, you can purchase them on Amazon.

Everything in Moderation

For your Shih Tzu, the most important part of his treatment is the amount of water she drinks, and some people food is not going to affect the way that the food works. You must keep it in reason, however, so if she is getting a can a day of the SO, then she is only going to have a few pieces of pasta as you are cooking your own meal. Some other things can also be given, but make sure it is not toxic for a dog. (2)


  1. Vetwest Australia, Feeding treats to a pet with a prescription diet.

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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