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    Carrots and Bladder Stones

    I had a question for those well versed with veggies. A long while back, I was talking to the lady who runs a rescue where I used to live. When I mentioned that I would feed baby carrots on occasion, she said that it would be best not to feed those because they can cause bladder stones. I had heard that carrots are high in sugar before, but never anything connected to bladder stones. They don't seem especially high in calcium either. So I was wondering if there was any correlation in your experience.

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    Re: Carrots and Bladder Stones

    Carrots never seem to make a difference in my stone pigs diet. She gets one or two pieces a carrot everyday and has for the past 4 years that I've had her.

    Carrots aren't particularly high in calcium or oxalates so I'm interested to hear other members inputs.

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    Re: Carrots and Bladder Stones

    I feed chunks of carrot every day with no apparent ill effects. I've never heard of them having anything at all to do with stones.

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    Re: Carrots and Bladder Stones

    I read about this awhile back. Some seem to think carrots slow the absorption of calcium, leaving more in the pipes so to speak, which may contribute to stone formation. I haven't seen any good research on it though. Mostly seems like a theory vs hard facts.
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    Re: Carrots and Bladder Stones

    @barbaramudge , maybe that's what the rescue owner was talking about. The fact that there's no substantive research on it, plus the anecdotal evidence of everyone else, makes me feel better about it. Since Fuery had stones, I had been wondering whether the carrots could have anything to do with it, but I imagine it's more that he drew the short straw on genetics. Considering I feed carrots in moderation anyway, I think I'll keep doing what I'm doing.

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