Ipswich Vet Group, caring for local pets since 1967
Phone: (07) 3201 886224 Fernvale Rd, Brassall QLD 4305
Angus is a 2 year old domestic shorthair cat who presented to our hospital because his owner noticed him straining to urinate and saw some blood in his litter tray. He had also been very lethargic for the previous 12 hours. On examination he was found to have a very distended bladder due to a blocked urethra (the urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body through the penis). Because the bladder was full to capacity and it
was unable to receive any further waste products from Angus’ kidneys, toxins had begun to build up in his blood stream making Angus feel unwell.
Angus was given some pain relief and sedation and the vet placed a urinary catheter to remove the obstruction and allow the urine to flow through from the bladder.
The urinary catheter was then stitched in place and Angus was hospitalised and placed onto intravenous fluids to flush the toxins from his bloodstream. After 24 hours he became brighter and began eating again, Angus was fed a special food that decreased the pH of his urine to dissolve the crystals. After 48 hours his urine had changed from being bloody to normal and clear so the catheter was removed. Angus was able to urinate on his own so he was allowed to go home.
By examining a urine sample under the microscope, the vet was able to determine that the blockage of Angus’ urethra had been caused by a plug of mineral crystals that had developed in Angus’ bladder over time. Urinary crystals can be avoided by feeding a good quality diet that contains the correct balance of minerals to maintain optimum bladder health.
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