Xanthine Urinary Tract Stones in Cats
Voiding urohydropulsion is effective for removing the smaller xanthine uroliths that will easily pass through the urethra, but surgery is still the best way to remove larger uroliths from the lower urinary tract. Perineal urethrostomy surgery may minimize recurrent urethral obstruction in male cats, but this condition is known for recurring in many cats that have been affected.
Urine pH may be increased to prevent xanthine uroliths, and a low-purine diet may be fed along with plenty of water to increase urine output. Depending on your cat's overall health and the severity of this condition, your veterinarian may also recommend a diet that is designed for cats suffering renal failure. The goal is to reduce the amount of ingested purine, along with reducing the formation of acid urine, in addition to increasing the amount of urine that is voided from the bladder so that the passages remain clear of stone forming chemicals.
Living and Management
Your veterinarian will schedule monthly follow-up appointments for your cat in order to conduct urinalysis, contrast X-rays, or ultrasonography exams. Your cat's treatment may be adjusted to how well its health is progressing since the initial treatment. Xanthine uroliths often recur in cats.
A tube found between the bladder and the outside of the body; used to assist in urination.
The tubular shaft found between the kidneys and the bladder
The creation of an opening between the skin and the urethra by surgical means
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The process of elimination when it comes to the bowels or the bladder
The failure of the kidneys to perform their proper functions
Enzymes that are oxidizing
A substance that causes chemical change to another
Any product that is derived from but less in value than another product from the same source.
Blood in the urine
The group of processes that involve the use of nutrients by the body
Term used to refer to a condition of having a disease or affliction but not displaying symptoms of it.
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