MEET OUR SAN LUIS OBISPO PET EMERGENCY OF THE MONTH– MILO THE CAT.
Milo is one of the nicest cats in the whole world. He had just one little problem when he came to Mission Animal Hospital– He couldn’t pee. After a few days at Mission Animal Hospital, he’s back to normal, loving life… and peeing up a storm. Here’s the story of how he became our San Luis Obispo Pet Emergency of the Month.
If you’ve ever had a couple cups of coffee… or a beer… and then embarked on a long road trip, you can sympathize. An overly full bladder can make any one of us miserable. You feel like your bladder will burst. But here’s the thing– for cats whose urethra is blocked, their bladder CAN burst… and they CAN die as a result.
DON’T LET YOUR CAT BECOME THE NEXT SAN LUIS OBISPO PET EMERGENCY OF THE MONTH!!
HERE ARE THE SIGNS YOU WILL SEE IF YOUR MALE CAT IS DEVELOPING A URINARY BLOCKAGE:
- Frequent trips to the litter box
- Urination in abnormal places
- Straining to urinate
- Blood in the urine.
- A painful abdomen
These signs may be only a mild problem for a female cat… but for a male cat they can be LIFE-THREATENING.
WHY ARE MALE AND FEMALE CATS SO DIFFERENT? Size matters, in a nutshell. While the urethra of a female cat is about the diameter of a pencil, that of a male is about the diameter of a pencil LEAD. This makes a male’s urethra much more likely to obstruct.
HERE’S HOW WE AT MISSION ANIMAL HOSPITAL TELL THAT YOUR CAT CANNOT URINATE…
- A comprehensive physical exam
- An ultrasound exam
- Blood and urine tests
HERE’S HOW WE SOLVE A URETHRAL OBSTRUCTION AT MISSION ANIMAL HOSPITAL
- We gently thread a catheter along the urethra to allow urine flow to resume
- We give a cat IV fluids to help flush the bladder out
- We give them pain relief– for obvious reasons
- We give them antibiotics to prevent secondary infections from developing.
- We hospitalize a cat for at least a day, and sometimes longer.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR CATS WITH URETHRAL OBSTRUCTIONS AT MISSION ANIMAL HOSPITAL
- You and we are going to chat about your cat’s diet, as it is the minerals present in that diet that usually create the obstruction
- We’re also going to chat about any sources of stress your cat feels, as that stress is another common cause.
- Luckily, there are NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS that can help minimize bladder inflammation.
AND THEN WE HOPE YOUR CAT LIVES HAPPILY EVER AFTER. WE DON’T WANT ANOTHER SAN LUIS OBISPO PET EMERGENCY OF THE MONTH…. BUT WE ARE HERE IF IT HAPPENS. SEVEN (7) DAYS A WEEK.