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Guy Gets Bladder Emptied of Stones – Warning – One Photo May Be Too Graphic for Some

WARNING!

This post contains one photo that may be too graphic for some people.

Our eight year old handsome Sheltie-boy, Guy (technically Sir Guy) stopped being able to urinate during a weekend stay with us while his foster Mom, Lorrie Roemer, was out of town for a couple of days. It was a Sunday but we had to get him cleared so he could urinate…so the ER vet at Cottonwood Animal Hospital took the x-rays that showed a stone blocking his urethra and more stones back up in his bladder. That day we opted for the procedure that would push the blocking stone back into his bladder rather than going for the surgery to remove them all from his bladder. We hoped to find out more about the type of stone we were dealing with and possibly resolve the stones without surgery.

Guy went home to his foster Mom, Lorrie, with a wonderful urine flow. But we were on alert that it was likely that another stone would fall back down into his urethra and we could be in the same situation again.

Lorrie is an outstanding Mom to her kitties and to Rosie, her Collie-girl, and to Guy. She began to notice that Guy was urinating more frequently and that there was a dribble where once there’d been a flow. Even after Guy thought he was done urinating and would be casually walking around after urinating, he was continuing to dribble. Lorrie let me know what was going on and we collaborated on getting him into Cottonwood Animal Hospital for a surgery, not normally done on Saturday.

Half of the stones removed from Guy were sent in for testing and evaluation. These stones were sent home with him. The red tinge is really their true color.

Dr. Debbie Cartisano, recognizing the urgency, agreed to do the surgery on Saturday. She had an incredibly long and busy day, that day. She stayed late to make sure that Guy got the surgery he needed. By Saturday morning Cottonwood’s vet techs reported to Lorrie that Guy had stopped urinating altogether. We had gotten him into the hospital in the nick of time.

Here is a view of the incision to remove the bladder stones. The surgery was done on Saturday. Guy went home Sunday evening. Cottonwood told Guy's Mom, Lorrie, that if his penis didn't retract by Monday morning she would need to bring him back into Cottonwood Animal Hospital. Lorrie told me that with the help of KY Jelly (she didn't elaborate but she's a very knowledgeable health professional so I trust her completely) Guy retracted at the last moment, this morning (Monday). Thank goodness! I don't know what additional procedure might have been needed if he hadn't. I wasn't even aware that bladder surgery, or possibly any surgery, could cause the penis to extend and stay that way for awhile – even to the point of requiring medical intervention. Guy was neutered several months ago.

The more you know about common canine medical issues the better parent you can be to your dog.

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Ah, finally! Guy is back home with his #1 human, Lorrie, and his #1 canine girlfriend, Rosie, who just is not herself when Guy isn't there. Lorrie tells us that Rosie stays in her bedroom and doesn't want to do much, not even eat much when Guy isn't there. With Guy, Rosie comes alive, wants to play, be where he is, and has a very good appetite. We love these great canine friendships.

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3 comments to Guy Gets Bladder Emptied of Stones – Warning – One Photo May Be Too Graphic for Some

  • Vicki Wilson

    I hope Sir Guy is okay now!  Good thing the stones are removed. You’re a great parent indeed to these lovely dogs. Thanks for sharing this post that can be helpful to those pet lovers/parent suffering this same health problem with their dogs.

  • Kim

    Very good news that Sir Guy had surgery, is back home and is doing well.  
    Am I understanding correctly, this issue was first noticed because Sir Guy’s pee stream went from being strong to a dribble?  Is that always and indication that something might be wrong?  I have a reason for asking.  Not sure how many details to give here.  From the day we adopted him (thank you by the way for letting us adopt him!) Sparky has peed as he walked.  He starts out peeing standing then he walks away dribbling, like he’s bored with that first spot.  I have always attributed it to just being part of what makes him unique, and maybe his build.  He doesn’t ever seem to be in pain, he’s not lethargic and his appetite is good.  He seems happy, and gets along well with  his sheltie brother and sister.
    Sparky goes to the vet regularly and I have confidence in the vet but I don’t know if stones in the bladder are something that is normally checked for in a routine exam.
    Any light you can shead here will be greatly appreciated.
    I hope the pace at SRU has slowed a bit with the arrival of Fall.
    Thank you.
     

  • Kim, you understand correctly, but the stream change was noticed over a few days, not during a single urination episode. One day, he was peeing normally, and by two or three days later, we noticed that he was having difficulty maintaining a stream at all. When Sparky was with us, we observed the same thing on which you commented — he’d start out peeing “normally”, then start walking before completely stopping. Your characterization of him getting “bored with that first spot” was funny, and it is compatible with what we observed, too.

    Bladder stones are not typically painful, but when they are passed (into the urethra), it becomes very painful. Based on what you’ve told us in your post, I’m skeptical that he would have bladder stones. It’s not all that common in Shelties, but of course it can happen to any dog. They are not something that would show up in a normal examination, but it’s easy to spot if you ask your vet to check. An X-ray is sufficient to detect larger (3mm) stones; smaller stones might require an ultrasound exam, but they’re less likely to cause problems in the short term.

    Sadly, the pace at SRU has not slowed at all. Barbara and I are currently in Greece (I have a business meeting here and she came with me for the first time in a couple of years). Just before we left home, we took in four Shelties and one Collie, and I believe I heard Barbara say that two more are in the queue as soon as we get back to Utah. Sigh…

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