Probably every owner who cares about the health of their cat or cat has heard at least once about such a problem as urinary retention or urolithiasis.
However, most people know about this only by hearsay, usually from owners who have already encountered this problem. And if treatment is necessary, they try to fight the disease, following the recommendations issued for another animal. Let’s find out what really causes the lack of urination in animals and how to help them properly.
Painful, difficult urination or its complete absence can be the result of a number of reasons, among which the main one is urolithiasis.
Urolithiasis — a disease that is accompanied by the formation of stones from the components of urine in the kidneys, bladder or their retention in the lumen of the urethra, which makes it difficult to urinate and makes it painful.
In the early stages, the disease proceeds unnoticed, and you can only tell about the beginning problems by the results of a urine test. But if you notice that your cat or cat (in cats, the disease is less common due to differences in anatomy) sits in the tray for a long time, meows or urinates with blood, does this very often, but little by little, you should immediately contact a veterinarian. If the cat did not urinate during the day, then your actions should be as fast as possible.
Don’t even try to help yourself.
This situation is very dangerous for the animal, and attempts to help (massage the stomach, etc.) can lead to a rupture of the bladder, and hours of delay to the deterioration of the animal’s condition, as harmful substances in the urine begin to be absorbed back into the blood and cause poisoning of the body. But the most dangerous and almost irreparable is a violation of the kidneys. If the urine is not removed from the body in due time, the kidneys are subjected to functional overload, which can lead to very serious consequences, and diseased kidneys in animals, as in humans, do not contribute to a long and happy life. So, let’s go to the doctor!
As a rule, everything starts with your story, after listening to it and examining the animal, the doctor will recommend taking a urine test and doing an ultrasound of the abdominal organs.
The importance of a urine test should not be underestimated, because only it can show what kind of stones or sand is in the urine. And ultrasound data will show whether there is an inflammatory process in the bladder and kidneys, as well as the presence of sediment and stones. This will help to properly diagnose and develop the most effective treatment and also pick the right kind of food, because despite the common misconception ready medical foods can very well help in solving the problem, as long as they were correctly selected and quality made. Food food is not harmful-low-quality dry food is harmful!
But in addition to the above, for the first time, most likely, your animal will be prescribed treatment. You will need to make injections or give pills, drink decoctions of medicinal herbs, and here it is up to you: do it yourself or take the animal to the veterinary clinic. The main thing is that the prescribed treatment is performed as carefully and effectively as possible. And remember that only half of the success depends on the doctor, and the second — on your efforts and desire to cure your pet.
It is believed that urolithiasis is not completely cured, but as practice shows, if you try, you can achieve a long-term improvement. And if the disease worsens only 2-3 times a year, we can consider it a success.
Summing up all the above, I want to ask you again, dear pet owners, if you value the health of your Pets, do not try to treat them yourself, without having the proper level of knowledge. Fixing errors is harder than treating the root cause!
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.