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Watch for signs your pet is in urethral distress

Brought to you by Jonathan Wisniewski, DVM, Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin - EMERGENCY VETERINARY CARE INSIDER

EMERGENCY VETERINARY CLINIC OF TUALATIN - Jonathan Wisniewski, DVMWhen your dog or cat has a urethral inflammation or obstruction, waste no time seeking veterinary care.

A young male cat can go from normal to severely ill or near death within 24 hours with a complete urinary blockage. 

Your pet may have bladder inflammation (cystitis), stones, an infection, cancer, polyps, anatomic abnormalities or other causes for their discomfort and incontinence.

Look for changes in urination habits in both dogs and cats, such as difficulty urinating, straining, pain while urinating, urinating small volumes frequently, or blood in the urine.

The two most common reasons to see these signs in young male cats are bladder stones/crystals and severe bladder inflammation.  If no blockage is present, we can start with medical management — but if complete blockage occurs, hospitalization and urethral catheter placement is necessary. 

Diagnostic tests may be recommended, such as urinalysis, laboratory tests or X-rays.

The longer the signs go on, the more likely that a cat will become obstructed. 

Treatments may include antibiotics, anti-inflammation medication, or removing stones or polyps.

The most important aspect of long-term management is diet, but providing environmental enrichment, increasing water intake and decreasing stress for the pet are also very important.  

Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Tualatin

8250 SW Tonka St.

Tualatin, OR 97052

503-691-7922

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