The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Minnesota Urolith Center is all about minimizing pain and avoiding invasive surgery, says Dr. Jody Lulich, CVM professor and board-certified veterinarian in internal medicine. Our goal is to look at the most minimally invasive ways to diagnose, remove, and prevent urolithiasis.
1.3 million stones and counting
Dr. Jody Lulich is the Director of the Minnesota Urolith Center, and a world-renowned expert in the field of urolithiasis and other urinary tract diseases in dogs and cats. He is the only veterinarian in Minnesota who performs laser lithotripsy. He is on clinics at the Veterinary Medical Center two days a week, every other week.
Committed to the prevention and cure of urinary diseases, the Center has been in operation since 1981. The center has received uroliths from over 1.3 million patients. The majority of stones are from cats and dogs, and they come to the Center from around the world.
“There are more effective, more compassionate treatments than surgery for most patients with urinary stones,” Lulich says. Lulich frequently recommends nutritional changes that may dissolve stones and reduce the risk of recurrence. If removal is necessary, laser lithotripsy has proven to be quite a successful method. “You do not need to cut into healthy tissue. The laser pulverizes the stones into minute fragments that can be easily removed without surgery, and animals go home the same day with no restrictions on activity and no cones around their heads.”
Our history & services
Our history & services
The Minnesota Urolith Center was established in 1981 by Carl Osborne. We provide:
- Quantitative urolith analysis utilizing
- Polarizing Light Microscopy
- Infrared Spectroscopy
- Additional methodologies available include
- X-ray Crystallography
- Database of over 1 MILLION veterinary samples
- Epidemiologic data identifying risk factors for urolithiasis
- Recommendations on urolith dissolution and prevention
- Consultation services
- Clinical Studies
- Lectures and seminars around the world to disseminate knowledge about management of urolithiasis
- Expertise in non-surgical retrieval of uroliths including:
- Medical/Nutritional dissolution
- Laser Lithotripsy
- Voiding Urohydropropulsion
- Basket Retrieval