Loss of Voluntary Control of Urination in Rabbits



Treatment is usually given on an outpatient basis; in fact, the need for hospitalization is rare. If a urinary tract infection is present, that will be addressed first. If high calcium levels are present in the urine, fluid therapy can be beneficial for keeping the urinary tract clear. And if possible, your veterinarian will treat the underlying neurologic disorders.


Antibiotics and bladder tone modifying drugs may be prescribed. However, surgical removal of gall and/or kidney stones may be necessary. If other less invasive methods are available, your veterinarian will discuss them with you.


Living and Management


Your veterinarian will schedule a follow-up visit to check the levels of calcium in your rabbit's urine, and to check for the presence of blood and enzymes in the urine contents. If stones had been found in the kidneys of bladder, follow-up exams may be necessary to analyze your rabbit's response to treatment.


It is important areas affected by urine scald (e.g., legs, genitals, etc.) are kept clean and dry. Possible complication related to urinary incontinence, include permanent urinary incontinence, urine burns and urinary infection that spreads into the bladder. Rabbits with incontinence caused by neurologic disease have limited recovery potential.