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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Our cat has p dysplasia and is 16 years old and doing

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Our cat has hip dysplasia and is 16 years old and doing well...except he started dribbling urine in places other than his litter box. Does this mean he would have to be put to sleep if it doesn't clear up?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Considering euthanasia at this time is premature. If Gussie is urinary incontinent the first order of business is to have diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests performed. We're interested in disorders that have caused polydipsia (increased thirst) and then subsequent polyuria (increased volume of urine) that his bladder isn't used to accommodating and we need to rule out a bacterial urinary tract infection which is a common cause of urinary incontinence. Less commonly, I'll find a cancer in the bladder/urethra - a transitional cell carcinoma, usually - or uroliths (stones) where are predisposing to his incontinence.

If he's not truly incontinent but, instead, urinating inappropriately due to a systemic illness or behavioral problem, treatment is still an option. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.