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There they were, crystal clear on the x-ray, the reasons for Kevin’s discomfort: a bunch of bladder stones.

Things had been rough lately for the puggle. At 9 years old, Kevin found himself starting over at the Connecticut Humane Society. His family was moving and couldn’t take him along. He had a urinary tract infection, and on top of all of that, he had bladder stones.

Trips outside weren’t the relaxed, carefree visits they were meant to be. Kevin’s bathroom breaks were a struggle, and he needed help ASAP.

Bladder stones and infections go hand in hand, so CHS veterinarians knew the pup needed a plan to heal him now, and another to keep him healthy down the road. They got to work right away, performing those x-rays that revealed the bladder battle going on inside him, as well as bloodwork and other diagnostics.

Within just a few days, the medical team operated on Kevin to remove his bladder stones and give him a clean slate. The stones were even sent for analysis to the Minnesota Urolith Center at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and everyone agreed based on the type of stones that Kevin would need a prescription diet to prevent more problems in the future. No table scraps or unapproved snacks, no matter how cute his snaggletooth smile was!

As each day passed, he got wigglier and perkier, and he even wanted to run around in the playpen outside!

Today, he has a new home and a human to love, even if he can’t have all the different foods he begs for. Hey, two outta three ain’t bad!

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