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What is Inability to Urinate?

The inability to urinate can be caused by numerous factors. In any case, it is a signal that your dog has a health problem. An immediate visit to the veterinarian is imperative, in order to rule out the cause and to avoid serious complications detrimental to your dog (such as bladder rupture). If your dog is showing signs of an inability to urinate, one eventual consequence will be an over-distended bladder. If this occurs, there are numerous complications that could develop as a result, such as infection or possible future incontinence. The normal process of urination is an intricate series of action and includes specific activities such as muscle contraction and nerve function. Urinary problems are more common in male dogs, than female.

There are two common medical terms correlated to urination in dogs. This includes voiding, or the incomplete emptying or urine that is not associated with obstruction, or "functional", which is caused directly by a problem associated with the normal action of an organ.

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Symptoms of Inability to Urinate in Dogs

The inability to urinate can quickly become an urgent situation. Do not delay in taking your dog to the veterinarian if you see any of the following symptoms:

  • Urine that flows in spurts or trickles
  • Frequent attempts to urinate (often delayed and without success)
  • Showing strain when attempting to pass urine
  • Leakage (this may happen because the bladder is so full that it cannot hold any more liquid)
  • Blood in the urine
  • Licking of urinary opening
  • Low appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Tender abdominal area
  • Lethargy
  • Disinterest in normal activities

Causes of Inability to Urinate in Dogs

There can be numerous causes leading towards an eventual inability to urinate in dogs:

  • Obstruction in urethra (this can be as a result of blockage caused by crystals in the urine, and can be brought on by something as simple as inadequate water intake)
  • A dog who has had many urinary tract infections may begin to have trouble urinating due to numerous events of bladder distention
  • A urinary tract infection may move into the bladder
  • Scar tissue on urethra or bladder
  • Anatomic abnormalities (congenital or contracted)
  • Spinal cord injury, lesions or disease causing a compression
  • Trauma or injury to nerves leading to compression
  • Disk herniation
  • Dysautonomia (a neurological disease also known as Key-Gaskell syndrome)
  • Some surgeries may bring about an inability to urinate (which is most likely a temporary complication)
  • Cancer
  • Prostate disease

Diagnosis of Inability to Urinate in Dogs

Upon arrival at the clinic or hospital, be prepared to relay to the veterinarian all symptoms and behavioral changes you have seen in your dog. The veterinarian will, in most cases, want to begin with a complete physical examination, followed by a urinalysis, which may show an infection or evidence of inflammation. Blood work, involving a CBC and chemistry profile may be included.

If the veterinarian has not diagnosed a simple infection or feels that further investigation is needed, a urethral catheter may be inserted to rule out the possibility of a blockage. It is interesting to note that an obstruction of the urethra is more common in male canines, due to the narrowing of the urethra in the penis.

Additional testing may include:

  • Abdominal palpation - if kidneys are full, and bladder is empty (anuria) it points to lack of urine production which is an illness within itself
  • CT scan to assess caudal spine for tumor
  • Myelography (radiography exam to look for spinal cord injury)
  • Epidurography (radiography exam to check for spinal cysts)
  • Abdominal ultrasound to check for kidney or bladder concerns
  • Cystoscopy (insertion of a scope to view inside the lower urinary tract)

Treatment of Inability to Urinate in Dogs

Treatment will correlate directly to the exact cause of the inability to urinate. The immediate relief of your dog’s discomfort, as well as the importance of eliminating the problem before the situation worsens, will be of paramount importance. Treatment may include:

  • For a urinary tract infection, antibiotics will be administered
  • Water intake may be increased
  • Urinary acidifiers or alkalinizers may be given
  • Your dog will be given medication to relax the bladder and urethra
  • Catheterization of the bladder may be done up to three times per day
  • Manual bladder expression at regular intervals (several times daily for example in the case of spinal cord injury) could be required, depending on the reason for the inability to urinate
  • An obstruction may mean surgery if a retropulsion of the obstructing material back into the bladder is not possible
  • A congenital abnormality could need surgical correction
  • Non-neutered male dogs may be treated and then neutered if the problem is a prostate issue

Rest assured the veterinarian will monitor your dog carefully. She will take all appropriate measures such as timely urine cultures, to assure that infection does not set in, or that the problem does not progress further (preventing kidney damage for example).

Recovery of Inability to Urinate in Dogs

The length of time for recovery and the amount of home or clinic management will be contingent on the cause of the problem. Many dogs regain normal urination, but some may require a catheter that remains inside the body for days to weeks, in order to maintain urine flow and healthy bladder size. In time, the bladder may recover the ability to function normally.

If your dog has a spinal cord injury or nerve damage, the veterinarian will teach you how to manually empty the bladder. Regular clinical visits will be necessary in order for the veterinarian to verify the continued health of your dog. Urinalysis on a frequent basis, as well as antibiotic therapy, may be needed for some time. A healthy diet and sufficient exercise are also important. Recurrence is possible, so take your dog to the veterinarian without delay if you suspect a relapse or a potential infection.

Inability to Urinate Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Sadie
Black lab/German shepard mix
9+ years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

No appetite
Urethra obstruction
Urinating
Straining To Urinate

While reading, I noticed a lot was about male dogs. Mine is a female. I'd noticed she'd been unable to wait for me to open the door until she had to drop and leave a small to palm sized pee spot. And she sometimes she'd squirt pee on the way to the door. Took her to emergency ER and she was given a cath. Dr said kidneys and bladder look fine but had a small problem getting cath in. He said she may have an obstruction in her urethra. And that would mean surgery in a larger city. And extremely expensive. He gave her an antibiotic and something similar to ibuprofen for swelling. He also gave me a DVD of the x-rays but didn't explain them to me. Now, nearly 2 weeks later, she often can't make it to the door again. She has never fully gone back to urinating normally. Some days she would initially seems to urinate maybe 1/4 C and then squat another 5-6 times with much less amounts, if any. Also, before the vet, she'd been vomiting and had no appetite. After vet, appetite came back. Very well. And all throughout she's been drinking well. But yesterday, her appetite was poor again and as I said, she is squirting and not making it to the door and outside again. The Dr also said that there was a bit of blood when he began the cath. So he believes there's a "growth" in the urethra. That one visit cost $1,000!! I'm disabled and on Social Security! I don't want to lose my home over this! But Sadie is very happy. Not lethargic at all. I followed through with the med's she'd been given. Then I started to give her a small amount of a "laxative?" It's powder and I mix it with liquid. She takes it well and does help her to have easy bowel movements. I've been doing it every other day because I want her to still be able to absorb the nutrition she needs. During the worst times, it seemed she also was having difficulty having bowel movements. So I figured if she's getting bound up, maybe that could put pressure on her urethra as well. And it actually has helped her to urinate more. I even checked the web to see if she might have a yeast infection. She is licking the vulva area that is slightly red. I just can't afford to take her so far away and to pay that much for a full on surgery and possibly hospitalized recovery. Do you have any advice what steps I might be able to take myself? I think I'm going to keep her away from carbs and then use a vinegar and water solution in the vulva area. Could that help? Please write back. I've had her since she was 6-8 weeks old. And since she's in no pain and very happy, I can't bare the thought of putting her down for something that seems like a fairly easy fix. The Dr said he didn't see any stones. But...he didn't go over the x-rays with me. So I have no idea what I'm looking at! PLEASE help. I would sincerely appreciate any advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for a dog having urinary problems, especially as they age. The usual causes for urinary issues are infection, urinary stones, tumours, kidney disease, spinal injury, nerve degeneration etc… Urinary stones are quite easily seen on an x-ray and unlikely if your Veterinarian didn’t see any; if your Veterinarian suspects a growth in the urethra, an urethrogram is usually performed to check for anomalies in the urethral wall caused by a growth or extraluminal pressure. From your description that she sometimes cannot go and it sometimes incontinent, I would suspect more that there is some type of nerve dysfunction that maybe caused by spinal issues or nerve degeneration; also older neutered female dogs can have a problem with the sphincter at the neck of the bladder leading to incontinence, but you would notice more accidents when she laid down. Since I haven’t examined Sadie, I cannot diagnose or prescribe prescription medication; but maintaining her level of hydration, offering her appetising food and regular cleaning of her vulva (water or watered down chlorhexidine is fine) is good patient management in the meantime. Before consenting to urethral surgery, I would recommend an urethrogram to determine if there is a mass (don’t want to open her up to find nothing). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

He pees while he sits. He does it so randomly. Is this normal. He's a pit bull and he's 8 weeks old...

My puppy ores while he is sitting
Is this normal

Helpful article. I have a soon to be 4 yr. old husky, who developed problems after being spayed. She was on proline 50mg 2x/day. I didn't like the potential side effects. I have suffered myself quite dramatically from medications side effects.
She was a rescue and had a very rough start, got her with fx. skull and who knows what wasn't discovered. I'm disabled, love my dog have some cipro, which was prescribed for me for ute. had a dog that had been given it so i know its. safe. Vets where I live all have very lucrative practices, will not even give honest estimates. When I was having her spayed, asked for fee in advance,was told $300.00 Picked her up next day and was charged over $700.00. No one wants to disclose, no one wants to provide reasonably priced titer tests to determine necessity of routine annual vaccines with all those nasty preservatives in them. I remember when veterinarians were better than human physicians, more compassionate, now fees are off the roof, even if you have pet insurance, no provider networks, they don't have to disclose income as they receive it as all is patient paid, no insurance or 1099's. They won't allow monthly payments for expensive care, will promote care credit, which is of no value if you can't afford the payments. Miss one day, late payment goes from 0 % to something around 29% from day one.
Bottom line, safe to give my Sara copra for a couple of days?

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chase
2 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Urinate
Painful Urination

What over the counter medication can I give my dog he has difficulty urinating.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no one medicine fits all for urinary problems. Treatment is dependent on the cause. Painful urination and straining is usually caused by urinary stones or a structure pushing on the urethra obstructing the flow of urine. Most probably the cause is urinary stones which would require an x-ray for diagnosis and depending on the type of stone your Veterinarian may attempt to dissolve the stones with medication or they may need surgical removal. A diagnosis by a Veterinarian who has physical examined Chase is required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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flyboy
Shih Tzu
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Penis Enlargement

I have a shih tzu he's 8 yes old for a few week i notice he take so long to pee and it drip out instead of flowing what may be wrong cant afford to bring him to the doctor eight now can you suggest something that might work

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The problem with urination problems is that there are multiple different causes, each with a different course of treatment. The causes of straining to urinate are nerve degeneration, spinal tumours, vertebral instability, intervertebral disk disease, hormone imbalance, medications, toxins or urinary stones. To diagnose, a simple x-ray will be able to confirm or rule out spinal problems, tumours and urinary stones which would be the most probable causes. Whilst I sympathise with the cost of Veterinary Treatment, if Flyboy is in pain or discomfort it would be worth the cost to resolve the problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Emmett
Goldendoodle
9
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 9 yr old Goldendoodle has occasional problems with a free urine flow. He often pees down his stomach, and I keep wipes inside the door for when we return from walks. Occasionally, as today, his penis seems rigid all the way beneath his skin. He once had a condition where his entire penis looked like a skinny piece of white asparagus. I can't recall what the vet gave him, but it went away after about 24 hrs. Today I can't see it, but I can feel a rigidity when I feel around his lower belly. I give him cranberry powder when he seems to have a lower urine flow, and it seems to help. He just seems particularly lethargic today, and I'm wondering what to do for him. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A dog’s penis always feels like a skinny rod of bone and glands since it is composed of different tissue to a human penis; this skinny rod is always palpable in the prepuce (foreskin, sheath). When the penis becomes engorged it is visible as a swelling in the prepuce; this is essentially a persistent erection (Priapism). Priapism causes difficulty in urination and can cause problems with direction of flow during urination (like in humans). Priapism may be caused by vascular abnormalities, trauma, drugs, tumours or may be idiopathic. Treatment of a primary condition may help alleviate the problem; if the cause is unknown, treatment with Gabapentin or Ephedrine (or Ma huang if you prefer alternative treatments) may be attempted under the direction of your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kona
Labrador Retriever
6 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Defecate
Poor Appetite
Lethargy
Straining To Urinate
Vomiting

My dog goes through episodes where he is unable to urinate comfortably. He will stand in one spot straining for upwards of 30 minutes. Vets have not foundone a cause and the only thing that seems to give him some relief is a catheter. Vets have done sonograms, x-rays, blood work, urinalysis, etc. to check his bladder, kidneys, prostate, thyroid, urethra.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Your Veterinarian has already covered many diagnostic steps going through different tests focusing on different causes of urinary retention. The only other cause I can think of is a functional obstruction caused by the lack of coordination of the relaxing of the urethra and the contraction of the detrusor muscle which causes detrusor-sphincter reflex dyssynergia (or just reflex dyssynergia ) which is uncommon (but not unheard of) condition in dogs (but usually in large breed intact males). Dogs with reflex dyssynergia have intermittent bouts of urinary retention, no clinical signs of mechanical blockage and a catheter can be passed easily into the bladder (where in obstruction the catheter cannot be passed). A diagnostic test for reflex dyssynergia is urethral pressure profilometry, urethral spasms during the procedure are indicative of reflex dyssynergia. The short term treatment is bladder catheterisation which relieves the build up of urine in the bladder, but also leaves Kona at risk of urinary tract infections. Medical treatment of this condition involve one or a combination of the following medications Prazosin, Phenoxybenzamine, Diazepam and Bethanechol; speak with your Veterinarian about reflex dyssynergia and about possible treatment options. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rockie
Pug
5 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Painful Urination

My dog has had problems peeing a week

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The most common cause of an inability to urinate is urinary stones; other causes include severe infections, prostate disease, spinal disorders, problems with the urinary reflex, tumours and extraluminal obstruction (something compressing the urethra preventing the passage of urine). A physical examination and possibly x-rays would be required to make a diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cooper
Bichon Frise
12 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to Eat
uncomfortable
urinary retention

Medication Used

Royal Canin Urinary SO food

My family's 12 year old Bichon, Cooper had a cystectomy 2 months ago for bladder stones that were causing a blockage in his urethra and were piled up in his bladder. He was also neutered while he was under because he never had been. After 2 weeks of recovery he was back to normal. Now, 2 months later, eating Urinary SO canned food (but still given regular dog treats) all of a sudden today he is just dribbling, standing with his leg up for long periods of time, and uncomfortable (doesn't want his dinner which is very unusual)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The symptoms you describe indicate a return of the urinary stones. While surgical removal and dietary changes are treatment of choice, there are some cases where the stone will recur even with the change of diet. Other causes may be due to infection, cancer of the lower urinary tract, cancer of the prostate, spinal lesions or neurological problems. A quick x-ray or urinalysis (by cystocentesis) would confirm the presence of more urinary stones. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lovo
Siberian Husky
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Painful Urination
Crouches on belly and whines
Clear discharge from penis

The day before yesterday my dog seemed to have trouble urinating. He would crouch on his belly and whine with no success with urinating but i would see a clear discharge from his penis. Yesterday he urinated perfecting with no aches nor hesitation untill this afternoon. I have been monitoring him and i have not spotted blood nor white discharge in urine and he is still playful and full of energy. help please?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I wouldn’t be concerned about a one off event of urinary trouble, a male dog wouldn’t normally crouch on his belly and whine if he was experiencing pain, he would just urinate in the same way or squat like a female. The clear discharge may be due to a natural lubricant (the penis needs to move within the prepuce) or it may be a secretion from the reproductive system (especially if he isn’t castrated). I would keep an eye on him and if he has another whining episode, note if he is moving at all and if possible make a short video to show your Veterinarian so they are able to determine if it is serious or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peanut Butter
Chihuahua
3 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Urinate
Shivering
Separation Anxiety
Painful Urination

My 3 year old male chihuahua Peanut has had three episodes with the inability to urinate. October he was seen by the vet that did ex-rays and ruled out any stones or blockage . They sent us home with antibiotics and suggested getting Peanut neutered. Peanut has a testicle that is in his abdomen on the day we went to get Peanut neutered we had to cancel due to the cost increase because of his condition. Now 7 weeks later Peanut is experiencing the same symptoms and now seems to be more uncomfortable than ever before. We cannot afford the cost of another visit. Can the vet prescribed the antibiotics without another visit and is Peanut going to be at risk if we do get him neutered? It is Saturday evening the clinic is closed until Tuesday what can I do until then to keep Peanut comfortable?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are numerous causes of urinary problems, usually problems are caused by infection; but other causes are urinary stones, prostate disease, nerve damage, congenital abnormalities, spinal trauma and tumours. Prostate conditions are common in dogs which aren’t neutered. Neutering would be the best, as this would prevent testicular tumours; dogs are ten times more likely to have a testicular tumour in the cryptorchid testicle. Further investigation is required to determine the primary cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Barney
Dachshund
11 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Try peeing but keeps trying, otherwise he seems fi

Just seems to be trying to pee on a very regular basis but not always successful. Seems fine otherwise, good appetite, drinks lots of water. Is not showing any symptoms of sickness. Busy little guy, very active.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of urination trouble in dogs, especially as they age including infection, urinary stones, spinal problems (dachshunds are known for spinal trouble), neurological disorders, trauma and prostate disease. The underlying cause needs to be determined in order to direct treatment; unless there are any other symptoms your Veterinarian would probably prescribe antibiotics. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Skyla
toy poodle
9 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Wont urinate
Depression

When I take my dog outside she just sits down and stares at me and hasn't urinated in a few days. She seems to only want to poop inside. I am very frustrated with this because I have a baby on the way and I cannot tolerate her going inside. She won't eat unless it's canned food.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Skyla hasn’t urinated in a few days, take her to see your Veterinarian as there are many possible causes like urinary stones, tumours, infections, neurological issues and other causes. Defecating inside could be due to a loss of continence which could be due to neurological issues; a visit to your Veterinarian would be needed, if anything to release any pressure in the bladder. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Frankie
Dachshund
9 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dripping Urine when Peeing
Trouble Urinating,

My dachshund just came back from the vet a couple weeks ago - everything was great - urine and bloodwork all fine. The past two days he has now been struggling to urinate. He goes outside and it takes him two minutes or so of leg lifting to pee. All that comes out is drips. He's eating fine. He is drinking fine. His energy level is fine. He has no problem running around the house.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dachshunds are prone to back issues which may cause trouble with urination, especially at an older age. There are numerous conditions which may cause urinary troubles including infections, urinary stones, tumours, neurological issues or trauma; I would recommend visit your Veterinarian again for a check up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rufu's
Dalmatian mix
6yrs old
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Can't urinate

I have a Dalmatian mix and I saw him this morning twice trying to urinate but nothing is coming out and he keeping trying for several minutes with the leg up but.... nothing

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An inability to urinate may be due to prostate problems, inflammation, detrusor muscle issues, tumours among other problems; not being able to urine is a serious problem and should be seen by your Veterinarian immediately to determine a cause and to receive treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
Boxer
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty in peeing

Medication Used

Citrallka

Leo was urinating only in drops so i visited the vet. He told me he had uti after ultrasound and used catheter to drain out urine. He injected him some antibiotics and gave me hills s/d for him. Next day i visited the vet again as leo was not gettin any relief, he again performed ultrasound , used catheter , injected meds and asked me to visit again tomorrow. So, i again visited him , he again did the ultrasound and told me that he might be having some internal growth in bladder. So he did x-ray , urine culture, blood test and apologised that he might have diagnosed wrong. He just cleaned his bladder and asked me to visit him again after 2 days. Finally i got fed up with him and visited another vet. Upon doing an ultrasound he said that leo's prostrate is enlarged and needs a surgery. Leo is eating good, is active but the only problem is urination. As per tests he doesn't have stones or any growth. As per earlier vet he has uti but according to the second one his prostrate is enlarged. Should i go through with surgery or what should i do??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Prostate enlargement may cause an inability to urinate and may occur especially in dogs with are intact. I haven’t examined Leo, so I cannot say if the Veterinarian has made the correct diagnosis; but if there is prostate enlargement, surgery is the way to go and neuter is Leo is still intact. Other causes of inability to urinate are stones, tumours, neurological conditions and extraluminal compression. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
Boxer
7 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Urinate

Medication Used

Catheter
pain killer and antibiotic
Antibiotics

I nueterd my dog after the vet said his prostate is enlarged after performing ultrasound. His blood reports and urine reports are fine. He's active, eating healthy and performing good stool but the only problem is he's urinating in drops. After 2 days of surgery still he was unable to urinate and i saw blood in his urine. The vet said blood was due to the catheter and he again performed ultrasound. This time he said that leo's prostate is still enlarged and is having some fluid in it. He said he was unable to drain it because he couldnt feel it from outside by pressing leos abdomenon. Later he told me that his prostate is fine but may be his lymph nodes may be swollen. He wasnt sure and could not diagnose anything as all the tests seemed fine. He said hes really confused as the dog seemed fine but still cannot urinate. Can you suggest any future course of action. Any test ,any treatment which can help??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to determine the cause of the urinary problems, an enlarged prostate or cyst can cause pressure on the urethra. Other conditions like urinary stones, neurological disorders and spinal problems can also cause urinary problems; if the catheter cause irritation, scar tissue can form in the urethra. There are many possible causes that need to be investigated; but without examining Leo, I cannot recommend any course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
Boxer
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty in peeing

Can neutering one's dog help in reduction of prostate,?? my dog leo is having difficulty in urinating and the vet suggested that we should neuter him after performing ultrasound as his prostate is enlarged..rest he is fine, active, eating healthy, good stool. His blood reports ,urine reports and x-ray are fine. So should i go through with it??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As I mentioned in response to your first question, neuter Leo is he is intact as prostate problems occur commonly in dogs which haven’t been neutered (are intact). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
Boxer
7 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Urinate

Medication Used

Painkillers used after neutering
Antibiotics

I nueterd my dog after the vet said his prostate is enlarged after performing ultrasound. His blood reports and urine reports are fine. He's active, eating healthy and performing good stool but the only problem is he's urinating in drops. After 2 days of surgery still he was unable to urinate and i saw blood in his urine. The vet said blood was due to the catheter and he again performed ultrasound. This time he said that leo's prostate is still enlarged and is having some fluid in it. He said he was unable to drain it because he couldnt feel it from outside by pressing leos abdomenon. I dont know what to do and what treatment should i go for as the vet has recommended nothing and he himself seemed confusd. Can u suggest any course of action for leo's betterment?? I can foward u his reports if you need them. Plz plz plz plz help me out.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there are prostatic cysts, draining the cysts with ultrasound guided needle aspiration would be a good way to resolve the cysts and the pressure they are placing on the urethra (causing the urinary difficulties). If ultrasound guided aspiration is risky or difficult due to position or fear of rupturing a cyst then another surgery where the abdomen is opened and the cysts are removed as a whole without drainage. Medically, I cannot suggest anything as I haven’t examined Leo myself and therefore cannot prescribe prescription medications. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
Boxer
7 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Urinate

Medication Used

Antibiotics and painkillers after neutering

I nueterd my dog after the vet said his prostate is enlarged after performing ultrasound. His blood reports and urine reports are fine. He's active, eating healthy and performing good stool but the only problem is he's urinating in drops. After 2 days of surgery still he was unable to urinate and i saw blood in his urine. The vet said blood was due to the catheter and he again performed ultrasound. This time he said that leo's prostate is still enlarged and is having some fluid in it. He said he was unable to drain it because he couldnt feel it from outside by pressing leos abdomenon. Can fluid be filled in prostate in 2 days after surgery which was not earlier detected on ultrasound?? I dont know what to do and what treatment should i go for as the vet has recommended nothing and he himself seemed confusd.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The location of the prostate can make it difficult to palpate due to its location behind the urinary bladder and sitting on top of the pelvic symphysis (bone). Fluid can occur and may form but usually within a cyst that takes time to develop. Any fluid, cyst or mass on the prostate can cause pressure on the urethra making it difficult to urinate. The blood in the urine is most probably from the catheter and would resolve itself within a few days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Leo
Boxer
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Urinate

Medication Used

Ofloxacin
Prednisolone

I nueterd my dog after the vet said his prostate is enlarged after performing ultrasound. His blood reports and urine reports are fine. He's active, eating healthy and performing good stool but the only problem is he's urinating in drops. After 2 days of surgery still he was unable to urinate and i saw blood in his urine. The vet said blood was due to the catheter and he again performed ultrasound. This time he said that leo's prostate is still enlarged and is having some fluid in it. He said he was unable to drain it because he couldnt feel it from outside by pressing leos abdomenon. I dont know what to do and what treatment should i go for as the vet has recommended nothing and he himself seemed confused. He again did x- ray , ultrasound and said prostate seemed fine. He asked me to give him oflox-oz(ornidazole ip- 500mg, ofloxacin ip- 200mg) and wysolone 20 (prednisolone ip-20 mg) for 5 days and hope everything will be normal. Is he guiding me correctly , should i give him the medicine and what other test, treatment anything should i do???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Further to earlier questions and answers. Leo’s case is confusing as one day your Veterinarian says there is fluid around Leo’s prostate and the next visit everything is fine. I am not sure about the course of treatment as there is no clear picture of what is happening. If you are doubting your Veterinarian you can visit another one to see if they have a better idea. I haven’t examined Leo so it is hard to imagine in this case possible problems. Palpation of the prostate transrectally may indicate if it is enlarged. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abby
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Straining To Urinate
Dribbling urine
Lethargic

My 2 year old Cavalier King Charles spaniel is having difficulty peeing. Urine sample taken to vet today. She only peed 1 ml the entire day. Was on medication 3 weeks ago for UTI.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes of an inability to urinate which include infections, inflammation, urinary stones, spinal disorders, nerve disorders, urinary stones (which may be a consequence of infection), tumours, kidney disease among other causes; a urinalysis is a good starting point but further tests may be required like x-rays. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you the culture came back and there's crystallization so today we're going for X-rays to further investigate. Thank you so much!!!!

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Sawyer
Golden Retriever
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Urination
Lethargic

My dog is limping, won't use the bathroom, doesn't want to go outside, and is very lethargic. He was fine 2 days ago. The vet is closed today. No idea what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the limping is with the rear leg, it is possible that there is some spinal condition (subluxation or intervertebral disk disease) which is causing a problem with walking and urinating; if you can visit an Emergency Veterinarian it would be best, if there is no Veterinarian available today, try to restrict Sawyers movement until they open. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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chance
white boxer
9years and 6 months
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

very unsettled not being able to urinate

my boxer is on steriod tablets and is now unable to urinate he is pacing around whining he is very unsettled all day he tried to eat but was sick he also does not want to drink what can i do or give him to help him

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Usually the use of steroids cause an increase in urination and incontinence; however, some steroids have been known to have the opposite effective. Given this reaction, the best course of action would be to get Chance’s bladder emptied and have your Veterinarian possibly change the medication given; the condition which the steroids were prescribed for would also have a bearing on the course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cash
American Akita
9
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Can't urinate without a cathereter
distress
Lethargic

Medication Used

Prazosin
bethanechol
Diphenhydramine
Soloxine

Cash has had problems urinating since November 2016, he would go a couple of days without having a strong flow of urine. His stomach would become bloated and filled with water. In the beginning of January, he could not urinate and we could tell he was very distressed, took him into the vet where they concluded he had no blockage in his urethra, kidney function was good, good blood work, and his bladder was distended. The vets also took a sample to rule out prostate cancer, and that came back negative. They concluded that he may have an enlarged prostate (he was not fixed at the time), and may have been causing his problems with urinating. They neutered him, and he was okay for a while. Recently, he has began having problems urinating again, causing us to visit the vet a few times to get a catheter to drain his bladder. Cash gets very stressed when he cannot urinate, he will try for several minutes, and if he cannot urinate, he will drink water, then try again...repeating the cycle. The doctors have him on prazosin, and he takes diphenhydramine for skin allergies. He was on bethanechol for a brief period of time. He also takes Soloxine because he has low thyroid levels and has been on that for several years. He also seems to be so exhausted from trying to urinate that he actually will urinate while laying down. We are very worried about him, and any advice would be appreciated. Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It seems like there is a voiding issue with the sphincters which control the flow of urine from the bladder; your Veterinary probably suspected detrusor atony which is why they prescribed bethanechol. There are many types of detrusor urethral dyssynergia which can be caused by spinal disorders, nerve damage in the pelvis and other causes; other anticholinergic medications may be beneficial, but I cannot recommend any since I haven’t examined Cash. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Shih Tzu
10 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Straining To Urinate

Medication Used

Benazepril

My 10 yr old Shih Tzu has been having trouble urinating for almost 5 months now. He tries numerous times and only drips come out. I took him to the vet and was told his prostrate was enlarged and he should be neutered. I took him to another vet for a second opinion, they did a x-ray and found bladder stones and one blocking his urinary path. I had him neutered and they pushed the stone that was blocking, back in his bladder. He has been on a special diet since to dissolve stones. He urinated normally for about 2 days.
I have recently had another x-ray (at the first vet) and no stones were seen but he still only drips when he goes pee and you can tell that he is straining sometimes. The second x-ray indicated he has a enlarged heart and it is pressing on his diaphragm. I am almost ready to get a third opinion. Do you have any suggestions? Does the difficulty urinating and enlarged heart have any correlation?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In humans, there seems to be a correlation between geriatric patients with urinary tract infections and the size of their hearts; I do not know of a correlation in dogs. It seems the two causes have been diagnosed and treated; however, in some cases there may be some scarring in the urethra which may cause inflammation in the urethra leading to swelling which could restrict urinary flow. I would recommend visiting a Specialist if you have one near you due to differing diagnoses. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

So if you don't have the money is there any homemhomemade remedies that I can use

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Buddy
Mixed Bichon
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not urinating

My 3 year old Bichon mix was put on 125mg Clavamox and Rimadyl 25mg yesterday. He had his 3rd dose of both this morning. He's eating, drinking and seems happy. How soon should I expect him to start urinating again? I was hoping this morning he would have. Just a very small drip or 2 late last night. The vet did empty his bladder 18 hours ago and took xrays and checked urine. Said UTI and not severe. When I called last night they said a CT scan may be needed if he doesn't urinate fully by today. Do the antibiotics and anti inflammatory normally kick in within 24 hours and urinating starts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Each case is different but results should be seen within a day or so depending on the level of inflammation. If urination doesn’t start within a few days then an x-ray and intravenous pyelogram may indicate something without a CT scan. If there is scar tissue or damage to the urethra, this may also be preventing Buddy from urinating. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Prince
Shitzu
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

lethargic, lessened appetite, some difficulty with

My Shitzu is only 3 years old and always energetic. I noticed a change in him and brought to the vet. After examining him and taking a blood test she told me it was his back and gave me pain killers and anti inflammatory . After three days I didn't see much difference and brought him back. She did another blood test and gave me a stronger dosage. I gave it to him last night and his morning. However, today he has difficulty walking and hasn't urinated. He did not drink water and perhaps that is why so now I put water in a squeezable bottle and he drank it. I tried to have him pee by holding him but when lifting him he made painful noises. I am really worried. What should I do? Do I wait for tomorrow to bring him back to my vet or do I bring him to the urgent 24 hour places that charge triple the price?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Prince is exhibiting pain in his back he would require an x-ray to determine if there is an anatomical problem like herniated disk or subluxation. Sometimes, severe abdominal pain may look like back pain so this has to be explored as well. With Prince being a shitsu a single x-ray would capture his whole body more or less and your Veterinarian can assess his back, abdomen and urinary system. If Prince is still intact prostate problems can cause urinary issues and discomfort too. This would probably wait for the morning, but if Prince is in a lot of pain or discomfort or you notice anything worrying then visit an Emergency Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jessica
Husky
16 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Urination
Urinating

Hi!
Have a female husky 16yrs old has dementia hind legs have arthritis and now I've noticed she is having difficulty in urination where by she tries 20 to 30 times squatting and nothing coming out, she does lick her privates and seems without pain.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for urination problems in dogs including infections, urinary stones, tumours, nerve problems. spinal problems etc… A visit to your Veterinarian and a urine test would give a good indication of the underlying cause; if Jessica cannot urinate at all this can cause problems for the kidneys. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cookie
Pomeranian
7 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

lethargic
difficulty when urinating
Low appetite

My 7 months male pomeranian puppy has been trying to urinate several times but nothing comes out . He also doesn't eat much now and doesn't finish his food . He vomited once a few days ago . He has not been neurtured yet

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Inability to urinate may be caused by a blockage (urinary stones or a mass pushing on the urethra) or by a loss of contractility of the detrusor muscle in the bladder (as well as other causes). In any case, a visit to your Veterinarian is required to determine the cause and to direct treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lilly Lynne
Shih Tzu
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals
Urinating

My 6 month old Shih tzu puppy was spayed yesterday. She peed when we first brought her home and then did not pee again for 20 hours. She's only gone those two times since she came home. She's been drinking a lot of water, so that's not an issue. I've been taking her outside regularly and she doesn't attempt to go. I've been carrying her everywhere and have been with her at all times so having an accident in the house isn't possible. I'm beginning to be concerned there is something going on.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It isn’t unusual for a dog to not want to urinate after surgery, the problem comes if they strain to urinate after surgery and produce nothing. Whilst twenty hours is a long time to go without urinating, I would keep an eye on her; but if this continues for more than a day or so I would return to your Veterinarian for a quick examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Knuckles
Boxer
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Dripping Urine when Peeing
Difficulty urinating

Medication Used

Temaril P
simplicef

My (unaltered) dog recently went to the vet to get checked out for a bump on the side of his mouth. We thought he might have been stung by a bee or something, so the vet suggested giving him Temaril P and Simplicef to help with the swelling. His bump seems to be going down (slowly) with the medications, but now he is having difficulty while urinating. He will go to a tree and lift his leg, but nothing comes out until after a few seconds pass. When he does urinate, it usually comes out in drips or weak streams and he pees for a longer period of time than usual. Does this type of medication cause these type of side effects or could they have exasperated an issue that was already there? My dog is still eating and drinking just fine and is still very playful.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Normally a dog taking Temaril P (trimeprazine, prednisolone) would have an increase in urination as a side effect not urinary difficulties; if Knuckles is having difficulty urinating, it would be best to visit your Veterinarian to check his urine and to check his prostate as well as benign prostatic hyperplasia may occur in intact dogs. Infections, urinary stones, tumours and nerve damage; again your Veterinarian will check Knuckles over. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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ANGELINA
Standard Poodle
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating
URINATELING

My 5 year old standard poodle doesn't seem to urinate. When I walk her (nothing all night) she seems to mark a lot (as usual) but doesn't seem to urinate. she is very peppy eating not drinking a lot of water but drinking, any ideas. I do not think that she had urinated very much since last night at 8, and it' now 9 the next dAY. THANKS,

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many causes for urinary problems including urinary stones, infections, tumours, neurological problems, hormonal conditions etc… Without examining Angelina, I cannot say what the cause is; a visit to your Veterinarian and urinalysis is the first step to determine an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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leopold bloom
Chihuahua
?
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

soft bowel movements
can't pee
Penis Discharge

I just noticed my dog can't pee and there is a green discharge coming from his penis. He is eating just fine and still loves his walks, and is drinking water and is playful. He even "marks"trees but nothing comes out which i only noticed this morning.(i've only had him 2 days he just jumped on my lap out of nowhere) He does sleep a lot though.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A small amount of green discharge (or white or yellow) is normal in male dogs as it acts as a lubricant for the penis as it moves within the prepuce (foreskin); when there is a large quantity, foul smell or he would lick at it, it may indicate an infection. The inability to urinate may be coupled to an infection of the prepuce, general lower urinary tract infection, urinary stones, tumours or neurological. Your Veterinarian would probably prescribe antibiotics to see if it clears things up; however, given this dogs unknown history, I would recommend a full physical and blood tests as well as shots, worming etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Monsta
American Staffordshire Terrier
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

urinary retention

Timeline: 4/16/17 til present. Demeanor: clingier than usual indicating signs of health issue, frequent whining to go outside. Symptoms: noticeable signs urinary retention. Dietary: 5-star kibble w/added herbs, omega 3s & probiotic. Appetite: kibble & water intake normal. normal bm, low dripping urinary output. General health: intact, tumors, respiratory, compromised immune system. Fears: general anesthesia unless life threatening. History: 2/12/13 paralyzed age 6 >>home Tx 8 mo personal intense rehab to full recovery, 10/29/13 tracheobronchitis & tick infestation originating from Vet kennel >>home Tx saline & Allicin via respirator. 11/11/13 tumor LF/leg >> home Tx-special diet. 11/24/14 what appeared to be mosquito bite scrotum grew to lemon shape size tumor on scrotum >>Tx-none. 4/16/17 urinary retention>>pending.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Monsta has quite the history. Urinary issues in intact males can be due to prostate problems, the best course of action in these cases is castration. Your Veterinarian would be able to confirm this diagnosis relatively easily by a simple rectal exam. I understand that there are concerns surrounding anaesthesia, and whilst not life threatening, castration is the way to go if the prostate is the cause of the urinary problems. Other causes may be due to tumours, urinary stones or infections. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi Doc CT:

4/25 UPDATE: Took Monsta in for exam, lab and X-ray.

Blood lab results indicate HIGH PROTEIN 7.5 & HIGH GLOBULIN 3.8. UA results indicate Color dark yellow, HIGH PH 8.0, HIGH PROTEIN 3+, HIGH OCCULT 3+, HIGH RBC >50, HIGH MICROALBUMINURLA 17.0.

X-rays indicate approx 10 small bladder stones

Surgery Tomorrow. I am scared, he's old w/respiratory but the clinic does not have laser or ultrasound alternative to dissolve stones.

I have decreased his grain-free Earthborn Holistic Ocean catch to 1 cup pr day v 2.75 and use plain greek yogurt infused with parsley, fresh garlic, and water to help his bladder infection and keep him hydrated as water intake is lower than normal. I also give him fresh strawberries for a snack to increase vit C and also hydrate.

Uniration went from drips to small streams since I changed his diet but still not normal. I hope the temp diet is at least giving some relief to the bladder infection.

While under anesthesia, his dingle berries n scrotum tumor will also be removed.

Please say a prayer for Monsta. I am very concerned.

TY...currently going to Tx for UTI, can't hurt. I'll bathe, clean bowls with vinegar, do fresh water each time he drinks and use a small syringe to admin apple cider vinegar. Worst that can happen is his mouth will be cleaner and so will his UT. Good call, I would <3 to do the castration option but vets are reluctant they say it's cruel and he'll get an infection. My theory, incision w/suture potential for infection as well if not kept clean. ...however, this is Wisconsin and plenty of experienced farmers that raise cattle. I just don't know how'd they get a band around his testicles and the tumor...that's a big stretch. I do have a vet appt tomorrow that's a 1.5 hr drive one way but am hoping it's a UTI vs stones or kidney failure due to a cancerous tumor. Even stones can be treated but not kidney failure. I know he's 10 and I kept the tumor on his spine at bay for over 4 yrs by either my own homemade diet or 5 star kibble. Someday I will have to prepare for God to visit with a new white satin leash and harness and take Monsta for his last walk. :'( FIngers crossed, I'll keep you posted.TY very much...thumbs up Dr. CT

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Melody
Pug
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Urinating
urinating frequently.

My Pug- Melody who will be 3 yrs in July is urinating frequently. Just so you know, she is obese/over weight weighing 16 kgs. It is usually normal when she is passing urine after a long time or after getting up from her sleep. However, when she is excited, playing or on walks she is urinating frequently. It is in very small quantity or drops most of times & pale yellow is color. She was spayed when she was 7 months old. She had this problem a year ago & we had done blood & urine analysis. There was blood in urine at that time which is not there now. She was given antibiotics for suspected UTI & was on urinary diet. The problem has come back now. She sometimes tries to urinate but nothing comes out. Also, believe she might be having pain when she is frequently urinating as she shivers while she is sitting down to urinate. Can you pl suggest what is the ideal treatment for my pugs problem & what medication do you recommend? Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In general, Pugs should weigh no more than 8kg which means that Melody is grossly overweight which may contribute to numerous health problems including urinary incontinence; I assume your Veterinarian would have ruled out all the other possible causes of incontinence (infection, stones, crystals, hormonal conditions, kidney disease, dietary changes etc…), this would leave obesity as being a probable cause for the incontinence. Melody should be placed on a strict diet (not medication) overseen by her Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hello Dr Callum Turner, Yes, the Vet had recommended a weight control diet for melody which we followed for sometime. However, though we have reduced her food intake considerably, it has not helped in her wight reduction. I'm taking her to the vet again tomorrow to get an X-ray done to rule out stones, crystals...etcetra...Thanks!

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Emma
Pug
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Problems uriniating

Medication Used

Bethanechol Chloride
Antibiotics

Our 12 year old female Pug had issues urinating 11 days ago, she was straining but nothing coming out. We took her to the vet and they did an ultrasound, xray, thought they saw something, and decided to do surgery thinking that there was perhaps a mass, but upon opening her up, found nothing other than some mucous, and were perplexed as to the cause. They kept her overnight on an IV and catheder. They were worried as she would not eat or urinate at the clinic and didn't give us much hope, but we were allowed to bring her home with a antibiotic, pain killer for the surgery, and Bethanechol Chloride to relax the bladder muscles, and the phone number for a 24 hour emergency clinic. Once Emma arrived home, she began urinating and was eating just fine. Last night she was back to straining and not urinating. We took her back to the vet, they catheterized her and sent her home again. And, once she arrived home, she began urinating on her own again. Could the occasional catherterizations be helping unblock something on those occasions? We are not able to manually express due to the surgery, the vet fearing that we could injure her (her sutures were removed today). Is there anything that you can think of that might be going on, that we might try. Other than this issue, she is in great spirits, loves to eat, is happy. I wish I'd read your article before the surgery as it looks like there may have been other options....cystoscopy, etc., that may have been beneficial without the surgery which showed nothing, but ridded us of the ability to manually express.

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I most certainly sounds like a blockage as the catheter seems to unblock the urethra for a few hours before becoming blocked once again; mucus plugs are common in cats but not in dogs, mucus and urinary crystals dry in the urethra causing a blockage. Performing urinalysis (by cystocentesis) and looking at crystals in the urine may help determine a cause with dietary changes and supplements as management of the condition. If there is no joy from the urinalysis and your Veterinarian has already treated for detrusor hyporeflexia and bladder atony with bethanechol chloride; the next step would be to see a specialist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you so much Dr. Turner. We appreciate your taking the time to respond.

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Sweetpea
Miniature Doberman
3years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Can't urinate

Medication Used

none

My Minatore Doberman tries several times to urinate and you can see her straining but most of the time nothing comes out. Then sometimes she'll use it on the furniture or the floor, but she tells me when she has to poop and shevgoesbout. She's very active and acts like shes fine.help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various issues which may cause a dog difficulties whilst trying to urinate which include infections, urinary stones, tumours, neurological issues, gynecological issues etc… It would be best to have her urine examined by your Veterinarian to look out infection, protein etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Atlas
Black Lab
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals
Trouble peeing

My dog was fine about three days ago. He was neutered young so he always peed like a female. I thought nothing of the squatting as he always pees a ton without issue. We just moved three days ago and suddenly he began moving around while urinating. He'd start the stream like normal and then suddenly take off while still peeing. I thought it was because people would be walking by, etc. This afternoon took him out and he peed normally. Later in the night I took him out before bed. Before we went outside he'd been whining which isn't unusual for him as he tends to whine while playing with his toys. I noticed him licking at his penis and was making weird sounds. When we went out to go to the bathroom he took a very long time to squat, which is highly unusual for him. He got a little out and suddenly jumped away as if it was hurting or spooked him. He did this again two times and barely got any urine out. He's eating and drinking normally and playing fine. No other symptoms to report. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible issues which may be causing this urinary issue; the squatting isn’t uncommon, my male Yorkie was two before he urinated like a man. The licking of his penis may indicate that there may be an issue with his prepuce which may require attention; I would recommend trying to look for any discharge around the prepuce (foreskin) opening as it may ‘seal’ the open closed and can cause pain whilst urinating. Ideally you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Freya
Shepherd mix
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

long intervals between urination, lots of sleeping

Medication Used

None

Two questions about my new rescue. I recently adopted a dog (brought her home 5 days ago). She is very people timid but she is relaxed with me, on walks and at the dog park. She loves walks and plays some during those but as soon as we get home she will snooze all day, Is this normal? It might just be her getting used to a new life and very active lifestyle after being in the shelter for 3 months. Usually we go on two longs (~45-hour) walks each day as well as several shorter walks around the block just trying to give her a chance to pee or poop. She also does not pee very often, probably averages 2 pees a day and one poop, I take her out 5-6 times a day so there is no lack of opportunities to go, she just seems content to hold it for a very long time. When she does pee it is light colored, a lot of liquid, and doesn't appear to cause her any pain. Her food was just switched from whatever they had at the shelter to new food (I asked them over an email what they were feeding so I could start mixing it up) but for now her poops have been very runny and light. She drinks an average amount of water and always eats both meals. Should I be concerned about her urinary habits or her sleeping? She has been like this since I brought her home, not much information available on her behavior from the shelter, but she was snoozing when my mother and I went in to pick her up. She was spayed 10 days ago too, not sure if that would matter, seemed to recover well and has all her stitches out, just waiting for her fur to grow back now. She is about 40 pounds and seems to otherwise be in good spirits.

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Freya has found herself a great home with you; but to be honest, if I was on Freya’s exercise schedule I would be sleeping all day too! New environment, more activity (sadly dogs don’t get much exercise in shelters) and excitement can all contribute to sleep. Holding urine is usually considered a desirable trait in dogs, but not marking territory or urinating when she has the opportunity may be something or nothing. You are in the first few days of a new life together, see how she goes; as long as she isn’t showing signs of pain or discomfort I wouldn’t be too concerned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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patches
Bichon Frise
14 Years
Fair condition
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my dog has kidney stones and has a vet appointment until tomorrow,he looks sick how can I treat him?

he is been sleeping,trowup does not want to go out, looks sad, cannot pee normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is no short term treatment which is going to help Patches before tomorrow; dietary changes, supplements, anti inflammatories, antibiotics, fluids etc… but none of these are short term fixes. If there is an obstruction it would either need to be removed or managed which would take time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dino
Doberman Pinscher
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Difficulty Urinating

The last 3 weeks of my life has been a nightmare. I'm going to post a timeline of what happened and maybe some of you guys out there can relate or give me some advice on what I can do to try and save my boy...he had a regular check up a couple months ago and urine was tested, everything was negative, this was a very acute incident. Dino is 4.5 years old.


-Feb. 22nd, I noticed Dino cannot urinate on his own and his badder is backed up. I immediately take him to the local vet. Vet diagnoses him with possible UTI and struvite stones, he's catheterized and bladder is emptied. He still cannot go on his own. Xrays, urinalysis, blood work is done. Elevated kidney numbers, possible stone obstruction in urethra seen with x-rays, vet recommends cystotomy and possible urethrostomy because they believe whatever is blocking him cannot be retro-pulsed into the bladder. I do NOT know how they could get a catheter into the bladder if there really is a large stone blocking his urethra.....but we will continue.

-Feb. 21st, Dino is hospitalized at vet, put on fluids and anti-biotics, anti-inflammatory/pain meds, put on Royal Canin S/O diet, and has catheter in place.

-Feb. 21st, he is taken to a vet surgical hospital, they claim that the retropulsed the obstruction into the bladder and immediately schedule the cystotomy. They perform, and they say a coupe not-so-large stones are removed, and a bunch of sandy/grit sized stones are flushed out. Surgery went well. He cannot urinate on his own yet, so he is hospitalized and catheterized and watched for another few days.

-Feb. 22nd, COMPLICATIONS from surgery. Apparently inflammation and blood clots blocked his catheter, and there is urine in his abdomen. There appears to be necrosis at the suture sight on his bladder and it is leaking. Contrast study performed, doesn't seem to have any obvious strictures or things blocking him. Prognosis is not good.

-Feb. 23rd, SECOND cystotomy is performed, dead bladder tissue cut away, re-sutured. Hospitalized again and on fluids, medications etc.

-Feb. 23rd through March 2nd, Dino is recovering nicely after second surgery. All is looking good, catheter in place the whole time, he is emptying, no fluid in abdomen, kidney numbers look good, all seems to be well, possible return home soon. I am becoming hopeful again.

-March 3rd, catheter removed, he CANNOT urinate on his own still, vet believes possible inflammation and swelling still the reason. Catheter stays in place a few more days and he is given meds to keep trying to reduce swelling/inflammation, etc. Ultrasounds look good, no leaks, no obvious issues/strictures/blockages.

-March 8th, call this morning, he still cannot urinate on his own despite everything looking ok. Vet might want to give him a couple more days, but he cannot go despite muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory, anti-biotics, etc. Vet says possibly another contrast study under anesthesia might be needed to see if there are strictures. Vet is baffled, doesn't know why he can't go on his own and only on catheter, no obvious signs of blockage, no stone formation, etc.

Also, upon his first visit to the vet before the surgery, a urinalysis was done and the culture did not show signs on infection...sounded strange to me. Just a tid bit I forgot to mention. X-rays also did not show enlarged prostate or other obvious blockages.

He has never had a single serious physical injury of any kind. He always has access to fresh water, and spends a lot of time running around the yard. It's been a cold winter so he spent a lot of time indoors, but he was always let out to go often, never longer than a few hours without being able to go out. He has also always had a strong urine stream all the way up to the incident which seem to come out of nowhere that fateful morning.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that this is happening to Dino, that is very difficult. I'm not sure that I can shed any more light on what might be going on with him other than to comment that the urethra can be a very difficult part of the body to deal with, and any kind of trauma can cause severe swelling and functional blockage. There are medications available to relax the urethra, but sometimes they aren't miraculous, and sometimes the swelling continues regardless. It is difficult to manage when this happens, as the catheter is irritating to the urethra but may be the only way to keep a patent opening to the bladder. You mentioned earlier on that your veterinarian was considering a urethrostomy if they weren't able to retro-pulse the stones... perhaps that is what Dino needs to have done, regardless, as it seems that this situation isn't improving. Since I can't see him or examine him, that would be an option to discuss with your veterinarian, as it may clear up these problems for him.

Hi, we are experiencing the exact same thing! Were you able to sort it out?

Were you able to sort it out? My dog is experiencing the exact same thing...

Before his first surgery Dino did have the stones successfully retropulsed and removed, so his urethra should be clear of foreign obstructions. Is there some kind of steroid or something that can be used to attempt to solve his possible urethral issue?

Also, should they try to go e less fluiids to Dino in an attempt to cathetirizr him less to avoid irritation or inflammation? I feel like it's a cache 22, he must have the catheter in to empty his bladder but at the same time it could be inflaming his urethral tract even though he is on anti-inflammatory and antibiotics.

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Vinnie
Yorkshire Terrier
11 Months
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals

My 11 month old Yorkie always tries to pee, especially during walks. But, it lasts for a second, and no pee comes out. He always strains to pee, and he always licks his urinary area. I’m getting really worried, and I am really afraid he will die. He also does not drink water often. He is not neutered.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It would be best to have Vinnie examined by a veterinarian to make sure that he doesn't have a urinary problem. Your veterinarian will be able to examine him, recommend any testing or treatment that may be necessary, and determine if any treatment is necessary.

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Cappi
Greyhound
13 Years
Serious condition
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Has Symptoms

Frequent Urination

My 13 yr old female greyhound is in renal failure. Creat of 2.4. She needs to go out every 1.5 -2 hrs. Her flow is more of a trickle. I have her on NF kidney function food but the constant needing to go has me never getting sleep or ability to leave the house for longer than a few hours. We did an X-RAY but are we missing anything else that could help with needing to go out constantly?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, one of the things that happen during renal failure is the loss of control in urination - if your kidneys don't work, they can't retain fluids, and Cappi will need to be constantly drinking to keep up with her urine output. If you are able to contain her to an area of the house with pee pads, knowing that she can't help it, that might help with her long term management. I hope that everything goes okay for her.

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Beau
Dachshund/beagle
7 Years
Fair condition
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My dog,a 7 yr old dachshund/beagle mix has had trouble getting around for the last few weeks. He no longer attempts nor has any desire to do certain things that he has done ever since we rescued him at 3 mos old,like sleeping in our beds & going bye-bye~~I assume because he knows it will hurt to jump on bed & into vehicle. He also has trouble climbing stairs,as our bedrooms are upstairs. I'm guessing he has injured his back somehow,which he has had an injury of this kind,or somewhat like,one other time. He rested for a few weeks & was back to his old self again. This time tho,it seems he is not bouncing back as quickly & last night through today has developed a new symptom,which is refusing to go potty... Never has he just refused to get up & go outside to potty. So,he went all last night into the afternoon today,I was worried & felt his bladder which was rock hard,that's when I saw his penis out a bit & there was some sort of discharge around the area. I messed around pushing gently on his bladder area & finally coaxed him to go outside,where he did urinate-a lot,with no trouble expressing urine. He hasn't shown any signs of distress while urinating,so I am confused as to why,all of a sudden,he just is refusing to go. He has been eating & drinking frequently(usual amount) & he was also neutered when we rescued him. Any suggestions that I could do myself to help him would be of greatly appreciated,since I am on a very small fixed income & I am unable to pay for a vet visit.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I am unfortunately unable to diagnose anything with Beau without seeing him. He may have a bladder stone that needs to be taken care of, or a urinary tract infection. Either way, or if something else is going on, he needs to see his veterinarian. There are many clinics that offer 'free first exams', that would allow you to be seen, and most clinics offer Care Credit for unexpected expenses. If he is having urinary problems, those can quickly become life threatening emergencies, so it would be better to have hi seen sooner rather than later. I hope that he is okay.

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Bear
Pomeranian
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Hello ! I have a 10 months male pomeranian who since 3 days he is been scooting a lot and is in pain while seated or layed down . Instead of walking he is been scooting once he wants to walk and he is showing that he is in pain.
I took him to the vet, he expressed his anal glands once only and a little amount of liquid was secreted. He gave him also a worm pill. We came back home but he is still in pain and he is still scooting same as before we went to the vet. He is still not beeing able to walk properly. In addition to this , my pom didnt eat or drink for the last two days and he is not urinating neither doing poop. I am really concerned since i live abroad in jeddah saudi arabia & actually i feel that more examinition should have been done.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various possible causes for the symptoms you are describing which may include prostate disorders, masses, spinal issues among other causes; the irritation which is causing scooting could be due to scalding from faecal material or irritation from difficulties defecating. Without examining Bear I cannot say what the specific cause is, however there is a clinic in Jeddah which is staffed by European and South American trained Veterinarians. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.eurovetclinic.com

Thank you Dr.
Euro vet clinic is where bear was examinated . What do you suggest ? Should i call back his dr and retake him or should i contact another vet ?

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Morgan
Golden Retriever
14 Years
Serious condition
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My 14 year old male golden retriever was unable to pee and was taken to the vets. She cathetised him, used ultra sound to check for stones in the bladder and prescribed antibiotics. Over a 6 day period he was cathetised several times and during this time he was very comfortable. We also introduced a urinary canine formula food, which he is enjoying. My concern is that he is still unanle to pee without the catheter. He wants too as he frequently goes to the door and barks we take him out but he is unable to pee.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Morgan is having difficulty urinating due to inflammation of the urethra, infection, urinary stones, detrusor atony or another cause; also if his urinary sphincter isn’t relaxing he will have trouble to urinate as well. Without examining Morgan I cannot say what the underlying cause is, but you should discuss the options with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/urinary-system/noninfectious-diseases-of-the-urinary-system-in-small-animals/disorders-of-micturition-in-small-animals

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Maya
Labrador
7 Years
Serious condition
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My dog has problems urinating when she squats down she releases when standing up and if we press her belly she can empty her bladder. The same with feces she only releases them when lying down sleeping, she tries to fecate and forces but nothing comes out. She has been tested for everything at the vet and all is good no problems there. She started to have this problem when we assumed she fell down the stairs during the day while we were at work and has a lump on her back and her tail is somewhat limp, not full vitality. Can you please give me some advice as I am somewhat at a loss, my dog is 7 years old and means a lot to me, cannot even think about putting her down; she is my baby.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Given you description of what is happening with Maya, while I cannot examine her and do not have any way of knowing her health status, it might be a good idea to have an MRI to assess what is going on with her spine. She may have suffered some nerve damage during the fall. I hope that things go well for her.

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mowgli
Labrador Retriever
16 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Unable to urinate
unable to poop

my 16 week old puppy is unable to pee or poop. she squats as too pee and all you see is a drop or 2. She then will walk around sniffing and squat to pee again and it's the same. She will do this few more times then lay down. She also does this when trying to poop. She will squat to poop but nothing comes out. It smells like she pooped but nothing and she'll walk around for a bit and squat to poop but again nothing.
She still drinks lots of water and still eats but she's not able to eat or poop now for better part of the day and I'm scared of feeding her any more food or giving her water. I've made an appointment to see my vet but it won't be until later this afternoon and she has been like this since last night

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The best thing that you can do is to keep your appointment with your veterinarian, as they will be able to examine her, test her for infection or parasites, and give her any treatment that she might need. You should not withhold food or water until your appointment.

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Holly
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
4 Years
Moderate
Has Symptoms
Straining To Urinate
Painful Urination
My little princess Holly started having a problems urinating. I noticed she would drink water but her urine would just trickle out and sometimes not come out at all. I took her to the vet and they said she had a urinary tract infection and gave her antibiotics.