Most pet parents go through their days correcting their pets for “mistakes” on the floor. Urinating very little or not at all isn't usually in their experience. When the animal cries, pet parents rush them to the veterinarian as fast as they can. This is what pet parents should know about urinary obstruction.
What It Is
Just like pet parents might get kidney stones, their pets get something resembling them. Urinary obstruction can also be due to a mucus buildup, cysts, muscle spasms in the urethra, and some cancers. Such obstruction could be life-threatening. A compound of toxic things builds up from the inability to urinate and could lead to heart attack and death.
Male pets tend to get it more than females due to the fact that the prostate gland can become diseased and cause urinary obstruction. Spinal injuries also can make an animal unable to urinate.
Signs of Urinary Obstruction
Pets will strain to urinate. Some liquid might come out or only a few drops. The animal might cry. They will be lethargic, they might vomit, or collapse altogether. Get them to the vet immediately, as this could be life-threatening.
What the Veterinarian Will Do
The first step is to stabilize the animal. An IV will be run into them to keep them hydrated. Pain medication may also be added, to make sure the animal is comfortable. Then a catheter will be run into the urethra so the block can pass. More fluids are then added to flush out the blockage.
The veterinarian works to figure out the reason for the blockage, figuring out if it was due to a cyst or stones, which may require surgery, or if it was something else. After understanding why the blockage occurred, you may be given some information on how to prevent this from happening again.
Visit Our Skilled Team at All Creatures Hospital
No pet parent wants to see their furry friend in pain for any reason. Since urinary obstruction can be very serious, it's vital you contact All Creatures Hospital Inc. in Del Mar today so we can get his health back to normal. Call us at (858) 481-7992.