how long is it safe for my dog to go without urinating?
Age: 10; Female; Breed: golden retriever
she has not pottied since last night about 11pm-is drinking-has been on and still is on Dermaxx for a sore ligament in her "wrist". Stopped eating yesterday am. Lethargic and weak. I am mainly trying to see if it is safe to wait and take her to vet Monday am -as I don't know how I can pay to take her ER clinic. That is why I am wondering if she does NOT urinate tonight or in the morning- can that wait till Monday am?
This could be a medical emergency for sure. If she ruptures her bladder she can end up with peritonitis infection in her abdomen. I do know of dogs who have held their urine 36 hours but your dog sounds pretty ill and I'd be concerned if the dog goes more than 12-124 hours.
Deramaxx can cause liver and kidney issues as well as intestinal bleeding.
If your dog has gums or tongue that look white, blue, gray or yellow tinted where they are normally pink, has a slow color refill if you press on a pink area of gum or tongue, or is becoming more lethargic and non responsive to you as time goes on then you may want to get the dog in to see an emergency vet if one is available in your area.
This site may help you locate one if you need one
If you need financial help I'll list some groups below but if you can qualify for care credit (see list) you can usually get immediate vet care
here are some groups that might help you afford the vet bills:American Animal Hospital Associationhttp://www.aahahelpingpets.org/" Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."Angels 4 Animalshttp://www.angels4animals.org/"Our services range from financial aid to complete treatmentto those pets and pet owners in need."Care Credithttp://www.carecredit.com/A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care."With a comprehensive range of plan options, fortreatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a planand a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost everybudget."God's Creatures Ministryhttp://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html"This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help."Help-A-Pethttp://www.help-a-pet.org/home.html http://www.help-a-pet.org/"Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and theworking poor."IMOMhttp://www.imom.org/"We are dedicated to insure that nocompanion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretakeris financially challenged."The Pet Fundhttp://thepetfund.com/"The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association thatprovides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who needurgent veterinary care."United Animal Nationshttp://www.uan.org/lifeline/index.html"The m ission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescuedanimals suffering from life-threatening conditions that requirespecific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serveGood Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injuredanimals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizensand low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care." They also keep a list of local and national help resources herehttp://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=163
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