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My young dog, who is only 2 years of age, has just started to have great difficulty 'wee-ing' over the weekend & has had to be catheterised 3 times now to empty his bladder. His urine isn't too acidic or alkaline, tests negative for blood, or crystals or bacteria, a little protein in there but not so much that it worries the vet. He is desperate to go to the loo but just manages a dribble or two.....in an older dog the vet says she would immediately suspect prostrate trouble but apparently this is really rare in such a young dog & on palpation it feels normal size not enlarged. She has also ruled out stones in his urethra as she can pass the catheter very easily so there doesn't seem to be any mechanical blockage or excessive inflammation which has closed it down. He is currently on antibiotics & anti-inflammatorys but I just wondered whether anyone else has experienced such symptoms in a young dog? Any advice welcome.

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Comment by Susan Stone on October 26, 2009 at 3:16pm
Very sorry to hear of your trouble. I'm afraid I can not help. Unless... are there many bitches in season around?

We are experiencing the same problem but with our very senior lady Shannon.

Wishing him a speedy recovery.
Comment by Linda Baldry on October 26, 2009 at 3:41pm
Hi Lynn, wondered whether they had done ultrasound, as I had a dog at my vets recently with a similar problem and it was a stone, which showed up on the scan, it obvioulsly went backwards and forwards hence causing a blockage, my vet was able to make a small incission and remove it, the dog is now on a urinary diet, and is doing very well. Hope you solve the problem soon, take care x Linda.
Comment by Melinda Auld on October 26, 2009 at 10:20pm
I haven't experienced anything like this, but wanted to wish your dog lots of "get well" vibes. Could it be some sort of paralysis causing it? Could he have been bitten by something?
Comment by Rita Pike on October 27, 2009 at 6:11am
Hi Lynne
Hope Fizz gets well soon. One of my dogs had this same problem but he was 7 years old.
Good luck with him - love Rita x
Comment by Myra Thomas-Rhodes on October 27, 2009 at 7:57am
Cannot offer any advice, but wishing him a speedy recovery. Always such a worry when they are sick.
Best Wishes,
Myra .
Comment by ereni on October 27, 2009 at 12:34pm
I cross my fingers and hope your problems will be solved very soon!
Comment by Lynne Murray Hogsflesh on October 27, 2009 at 2:27pm
Thank you all for your suggestions & good wishes; Fizz is due back at vet's again tomorrow & she wants to shoot some dye into his bladder & x-ray him for stones......so you might have hit the nail on the head Linda! I also spoke to the docs in the hospital here & they too thought that perhaps a stone did originally get lodged in his urethra & that the vet pushed it back up whilst passing the catheter, thus moving it to a place that doesn't cause him pain but still blocks the flow of uring a bit. Fingers crossed all will be cured soon. Great to have so much goodwill from our setter community around the world....I'll give him a hug from you all xxx
Comment by Lynne Murray Hogsflesh on November 8, 2009 at 11:13am
Hi everyone, thought I'd give you all an update on my Fizz. He has now had x-rays & contrast x-rays (with special dye), ultrasound & full urine & blood analysis......he has no stones in either his bladder or urethra, no enlargement of his prostrate, no urinary tract infection or cystitis & his blood is normal in all respects. The only abnormal finding was that his bladder was twice the size it should have been for a dog of his size & age. The vets suggested that he have an indwelling catheter for a few days to give his bladder & bladder muscles a chance to rest. So he had a Foley catheter inserted & left in situ for 4 days....it has now been taken out and I'm delighted to say that Fizz is managing to wee normally again. The only worrying aspect is that since the vets don't know what caused it this time, the problem may re-occur. Fingers crossed this doesn't happen to my lovely boy. Unfortunately he won't be back in the show-ring for a bit as loads of his coat has been shaved off during his various assessments & treatments.

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