Dr. Fiona is a veterinarian and blogger for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats
Hi I’m Dr. Fiona, and today I’m answering a question posted on the Pets Best Facebook page. Betty asks, I’ve heard that giving your dog asparagus when there are bladder stones or crystals helps to dissolve them. Is this true?
Good question, Betty. Asparagus root possibly has a mild diuretic effect, which can in turn cause the urine to be more diluted, thus helping to prevent crystals from forming in the urine. Asparagus can also have an alkalinizing effect–meaning it can raise the pH of the urine–which helps with certain types of crystals. However, this is not always true because some crystals form in more alkaline urine, versus acidic, which could make the problem worse. There are no scientific studies to prove this, and therefore it should not be used as a sole method of managing urinary crystals. Additionally, asparagus will not dissolve bladder stones.
If your dog is suffering from stones or crystals, consult with your veterinarian about the best course of action based on your dog’s personal situation.
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