Before treatment can begin, it is important that we properly diagnose what is causing the obstruction of your pet’s urinary tract. We will begin by feeling your pet’s abdomen, then most likely take blood for testing to determine the nature of the problem. We may also take images of your pet’s abdomen using an x-ray or ultrasound machine.
After we have determined what is going on, we will attempt to eliminate the obstruction using various methods based on the diagnosis. We will most likely sedate your pet to facilitate treatment, then use massage and fluid to dislodge the blockage. We will also probably administer intravenous fluids to re-hydrate your pet and balance electrolytes.
Sometimes surgery is necessary. If it is, we will explain the procedure to you, why it is necessary and get your consent before we operate.
Kidney damage can occur due to urinary obstruction, but most often the damage can be repaired through IV fluid administration and time. A catheter may be left in your pet for a short period to help drain excess fluid, and we may administer pain medications as well depending on the situation.