A urinary blockage is something that many people don’t believe will ever happen to their pets, but it is more common than most might think. A urinary blockage is literally a blockage of the urethra. Most of the time it is stones that form in the urethra or are moving through the urethra that cause the blockage, but this is not a problem that can be ignored or overlooked. Your pet will need your help and the help of a professional to get past this problem.
The symptoms of urinary blockage can mimic other problems, but if you begin to see these symptoms a visit to the vet definitely is warranted. Some of the more common signs include pain when they urinate. Many dogs and cats will cry or howl when they have a urinary blockage and they attempt to urinate. Others simply will not finish or are hesitant to start urinating. Another symptom to look for is urinating in the wrong places, such as indoors, and abnormal urination. Abnormal urination can refer to finding blood in the urine or different urinating practices, such as dribbling when they didn’t do that before.
Preventing urinary blockage isn’t really possible because some dogs just develop this problem while others do not. One thing that you can do is make sure that your dog drinks plenty of fresh water as this will keep things moving so that urine isn’t as concentrated as it moves through the urethra, causing build up or blockages. While you cannot prevent a urinary blockage you will help your dog by knowing the signs and getting them the treatment that they need when they need it.
When your dog experiences a urethral blockage you will need to get professional care. A veterinarian may have to go in surgically and remove or break up the stone or blockage so that it is passable. Your veterinarian will likely do a full exam and some imaging to determine what is causing the blockage and if surgery needs to be done. After surgery your dog may need extra rest, may need stitches, and may need antibiotics to help avoid infection from the surgery. A urinary blockage is generally not something that is going to fix itself once it develops, so as soon as you see the symptoms it is advisable to get professional help.