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My Chihuahua has trouble urinating.....just drops.

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My Chihuahua has trouble urinating.....just drops.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 2 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.

Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 2 months ago.

Is your pup a male or female?

If your pup is a male is he neutered?

How long has this been going on?

Is your dog eating and drinking normally?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
4 yrs. No. 4 days. Normally.
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 2 months ago.

Thank you, ***** ***** dog male or female?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Male
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 2 months ago.

A simple urinary tract infection is extremely uncommon in a male dog, especially a fairly young, otherwise healthy, male dog.

So odds are an antibiotic alone is not going to be enough to help him.

There are many reasons to have stranguria or difficulty passing urine.

We often think of an infection but a simple urinary infection rarely causes such severe inflammation that males have trouble passing urine. We must also consider co-existing problems like crystals or stones in the urinary tract, masses on the penis or prepuce or in the urinary or reproductive tract are possible causes.

If he is an un-neutered male prostatic cysts or an abscess or a prostatic tumor are possible causes as well.

I know this isn't likely what you want to hear but your fellow needs to see his veterinarian.

As long as he is eating and drinking, and still able to pass some urine this isn't an immediate emergency.

But any time we see a male having trouble passing urine a complete blockage is possible, and that is an immediate emergency, because it can lead to kidney failure, electrolyte imbalances and death. As such he should be examined as soon as possible, ideally tomorrow morning if he continues to be able to pass at least some urine.

Best of luck with your fellow, please let me know if you have any further questions.

Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 2 months ago.

Hello, I wanted to make sure that you didn't have any further questions for me, and I'd like to know how things turned out for your pup. If you could give me an update that would be great, thank you, ***** *****