It may be a particularly poorly pooch, or a moggy who has used up one of their 9 lives. It could be a Weight Club member who's finally had all that effort pay off, but either way, we'd like to dedicate this page to those patients who have come to our attention and remind us why we do the job we do.
Meet Sydney, he's a 3 Year old, male neutered domestic short haired cat.
Sydney was bought in by his owners recently as they were concerned he had started acting oddly at home, and had taken to jumping in to the bath. The vet on duty examined Sydney and discovered he was very uncomfortable and painful around his rear quarters. It was also noted that he had not urinated and was licking a lot around his back end.
The vet advised Sydney’s owner that he had a very large and painful bladder and that we suspected that his bladder may be blocked and this was why he felt poorly and was unable to urinate.
Sydney’s owners were told that treatment would be needed as soon as possible, and this would involve a blood test, general anaesthetic, xrays, intravenous fluids and the insertion of a urinary catheter to unblock his bladder. They agreed and he was admitted immediately to the clinic where Sydney’s blood tests showed that his electrolytes were unbalanced, and that his kidney levels were elevated. As his bladder was blocked his kidneys were under intense pressure and were struggling to work properly. Radiographs showed that there was no bladder stones, but on insertion of the urinary catheter this dislodged a plug of mucus. This was what had been causing Sydney’s problems.
Sydney had to stay with us for a number of days while his intravenous fluids helped support his kidneys and rebalance his electrolytes. He was given pain relief and antibiotics to help clear up a urinary infection and was also fed on a new specialised wet urinary diet.
His urinary catheter was kept in for a number of days and Sydney was not bothered by it at all. Sydney’s bloods tests began to improve, he liked his food and his urinary catheter was removed. All Sydney needed to do now was urinate by himself to be able to go home. Unfortunately this was not the case and by the next day Sydney had blocked again.
Sadly, rather like the human population, obesity is a very common problem in our pets. It comes with all the associated health problems that it does in people - agrovating heart, respiratory and joint issues, predisposition to diabetes etc, but in pets it can also be a factor in a few unique problems of their own, eg urinary problems in cats.
For all these reasons, it's important to keep your pet at a healthy weight.
If we could tell you that there is something you can do that has been shown - beyond any doubt - to make your pet live for up to 2 years longer - would you do it ? The good news is that there is ! Getting your pet back to a healthy weight has all the benefits of reducing the associated medical conditions, plus, has been shown to lead to a longer life.
So, it's with lots of cheering that we congratulate Oliver Vernon - shown looking suitably trim and pleased with himself, as well he might - on on loosing just under a kilo of weight after coming to our PHC weight clinics.
If you think your pet would benefit from looking a little trimmer or information on our nurse Weight Clinics please contact the surgery to sign up. It's free for registered clients.
Another urinary catheter was inserted and Sydney stayed with us for a few more days. His owners visited him every day whilst he was at PAWS. After a few more days of TLC, Sydney had his catheter removed and, after sucessfully managing to pass urine, he was allowed home.
His owners reported that he was urinating normally there and was very happy, and loving his new food. He has since been back to the surgery for a check up and has been signed off.
Sydney was a great character whilst he stayed with us at PAWS. Even when he was feeling really poorly and fed up of his buster collar he always wanted a fuss. We are all glad that Sydney pulled through his potentially life threatening ordeal and is back happily at home with his family.
Sydney's troubles are not an uncommon condition in male cats - "FLUTD"
Cats being desert animals are very efficient with their water (why you don't often see cats drinking - and if you do, that may be worth noting!), but they do this by having relatively concentrated urine. This can allow the dissolved particles to crystalise out - contributing to the plugs that can cause a male cat to become obstructed. Sedentary, overweight, male cats on dry food are particulalrly at risk. The more of these factors present - as well as a previous episode of urinary trouble - the higher the risk.
Urinary obstruction can be a serious emergency. If you are worried your cat is unable to pass urine, contact the surgery immediately.