Unless there is a severe underlying condition that is causing this urinary disorder, your dog will likely be treated on an inpatients basis until adequate urinary function returns. Urinary tract infection, if present, will be identified specifically and treat appropriately. Your veterinarian will address primary disorders such as electrolyte disturbances and neurologic lesions and correct them if possible. Azotemia, electrolyte imbalances, and acid-base disturbances associated with acute urine retention will be managed appropriately. Your doctor will also manage excess levels of urea and other nitrogenous waste products in the blood (uremia or azotemia), electrolyte imbalances, and acid–base disturbances associated with sudden (acute) urine retention
In some cases, complete voiding function does not return, in which case lifetime management of your dog's urinary health will be required on your part. Frequent manual compression will be needed for release of urine, and intermittent or indwelling urinary catheterization may be required to ensure urine flow and to keep the urinary bladder small.
Your veterinarian will perform periodic urinalysis to detect urinary tract infection if your dog has been diagnosed with chronic urine retention.
Striped in color or texture
The product of protein being metabolized; can be found in blood or urine.
A medical condition in which urination is slow or painful
The gland around the urethra that secretes the fluid to allow sperm to move about
After the kidney
Waste in the blood; may also be referred to as uremic poisoning.
The fourth in a sequence of fused vertebrae near the pelvis and the spinal cord
A tube found between the bladder and the outside of the body; used to assist in urination.
urinary tract infection
Also referred to as a UTI; a medical condition of the urinary tract and system in which the cells are damaged by microorganisms.
The process of elimination when it comes to the bowels or the bladder
A medical condition; implies that the patient is unable to completely empty their bladder
The process of inserting a tube into the urethra and into the bladder as a method of extracting urine.
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A bundle of fibers that are used in the process of sending impulses through the body
Blood in the urine
Too much potassium in the blood
The process of making something larger by dilating or stretching it
The condition of having urea and other nitrogenous elements in an animal's blood.
The lack of production of urine in an animal's body.
autonomic nervous system
The part of the nervous system that contains the nerves that control involuntary movement.
A low level of calcium in the blood
Lower levels of potassium in the blood than normal
The part of the brain stem that runs from the cerebrum to the pons
Term used to imply that a situation or condition is more severe than usual; also used to refer to a disease having run a short course or come on suddenly.
The connection or relationship between the lumbar and the sacral vertebrae
The part of the back between the pelvis and the thorax
A wave that is transmitted through nerves and nervous tissue
A medical condition involving frequent urination