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Analysis of 36,032 canine cases shows decline in struvite uroliths

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
Carl A. Osborne DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
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
Jody P. Lulich DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM
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.


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