In many situations, each risk factor contributes a limited role to the development of urolithiasis. In some situations, they
may not be a factor in every exposed patient. Furthermore, identifying one event in a chain of etiologic events is not the
same as identifying the entire etiologic chain.
Why identify risk, protective factors?
Our interest in recognizing the association of specific risk factors with urolithiasis is related to:
- Identifying healthy but susceptible populations of animals and trying to minimize their exposure to these risk factors.
- Identifying healthy, but susceptible, populations and trying to enhance their exposure to protective factors.
- Facilitating detection and treatment of subclinical urolithiasis that has already developed in susceptible patients.
With support from Hill's Pet Nutrition, studies are in progress at the Minnesota Urolith Center to identify risk and protective
factors associated with calcium oxalate and struvite uroliths.
To learn more about our studies and how you can participate, visit our Web site,
http://www.cvm.umn.edu/. Click the link to department and centers to find Minnesota Urolith Center.
Carl A. Osborne DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
Carl A. Osborne
Dr. Osborne, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, is professor of medicine in the Department
of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.
Jody P. Lulich DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
Jody P. Lulich
Dr. Lulich, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, is a professor in the Department of Small
Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.