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My dog is having trouble urinating. He just got his bladder…

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Hi My dog is having trouble urinating

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?

He just got his bladder drained im just wondering if its worms or something more serious

Veterinarian's Assistant: There are all sorts of infestations your dog can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about your dog?

Yes he has a long history of bladder problems last year got a stone removed from his kidney and has been battling infections since then he got a urinary analysis done yesterday when they drained his bladder and it didnt show signs of infection but it also didnt show any blockage

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago
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Hi this is Dr. Aaron

Please let me know when you're available and we can talk about your dog.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Hi Dr. Aaron I am available
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
did you receive the photos?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Hello.

They are loading on my computer right now:)

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Your vet performed a urinalysis yesterday and said there was not a urinary tract infection?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
they drained his bladder and did a urinary analysis and said that he did not have a UTI. and were unable to tell me why he was not urinating
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Is he an intact male? Is he trying to urinate?

Did he have bladder stones or stones in his urethra?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
he has had bladder stones in the past and had surgery but recently got checked by a specalist and they said it did not look like there were any mineral buildups
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
he has been throwing up and unable to eat or drink and struggling to pee for 2 days now. and then I pulled that mucus looking stuff out of his uretha
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Is he neutered? Is he on any medication?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
the first picture shows a small solid looking seed in the mucus that i pulled out. could that be an egg from worms potentially?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
he is neutered and on a couple diffrent medications for his urinary condition
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
pretty much im just wondering if those pictures I sent to you indicate he could have Capillariasis (urinary worms)
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I can definitely understand your concern, but I do not know of any worms that affect the urinary tract of cats or dogs.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Do you know which medications he is on?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Capillaria plica
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
that is a type of dog worm
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
can you connect me with someone that might be able to help me identify what this is if your unable to
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

was what your removed from your dog's penis alive?

Was it moving?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
no I dont even know if it is living or not, I looks like mucus no it was not moving
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I agree that it looks like mucus.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

which medications is your dog currently on?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
phenoxabenzamine, thyroxin, and bethanacol
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Is your dog able to urinate currently? If yes, how often per day?

When did his inability to urinate start?

What did your local vet suggest as a plan moving forward?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
no he is only dribbling when he is trying, seems very uncomfortable.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
they put him on amoxacilin to try and see if it was a infection not seen by the urinary analysis
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
could the mucus buildup be the reason for his inability to urinate?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

It's unlikely that mucus is causing the inability to urinate. I am much more concerned about one of two things: urinary obstruction (tumor, stone in urethra, etc) or inability to urinate (neurologic deficiency).

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
if there was a stone obstructing his urethra would the vet of been able to place a cathater to drain his bladder?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Dog's that present like this often have an ultrasound performed of the urinary tract (kidneys, bladder and prostate). This is performed to make sure there is no evidence of cancer or obvious stones. X-rays can also help determine the presence of these things.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Like i said last month he got a ultrasound less than a month ago and they said no major buildup was seen
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

It is less likely that his bladder would be able to be emptied with a stone in place (good point), but I have seen this before. I would be more concerned about a tumor. Especially if he is trying to urinate and unable to do so. Most often neurologically affected dogs lose the ability to determine they need to urinate.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I don't think this is secondary to worms or mucus build up. This is more likely an obstructive process...most concerned about a possible mass.

Did your local vet talk to you about rechecking tomorrow?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
what does obstructive process mean?
and a tumor where?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
he only reason that I think they arent considering that is because the day before yesterday his urinary flow was perfect
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I've seen these types of cases where there is a tumor pressing on the urethra (causing an obstruction...preventing urine from passing normally unless a urinary catheter is placed).

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
yeah but that is the thing... his urination was fine untill yesterday
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
could a tumor cause such a drastic change to his urinary flow just pretty much overnight ?
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

Was his urine fine a month ago? What was the reason for the ultrasound of that area?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
the same exact thing happened a month ago thats when we took him in to get a uniary analysis and a culture. When both of those came back nagative we took him to the emergency center and they drained his bladder and did a ultrasound resulting in nothing. The trip to the emergency room was inconclusive and they gave him amoxacilin and the next day it was almost completely better.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

That is very interesting. Failure to find an infection likely means that improvement with antibiotics is coincidental. Antibiotics will take multiple doses to have much of an effect. I'm still concerned about about the possibility of a tumor.

The times I've seen something like this the patient most often is normal just before coming in and not being able to urinate.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Aaron, Veterinarian replied 7 months ago

I'm going to opt out so another expert can help you. Good luck.

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