If you’ve ever had a kidney stone, you know how much they can hurt. Unfortunately, these kinds of urinary blockages affect our pets too – and if left for too long, a complete blockage can cause the bladder to rupture and spill urine into the pet’s abdomen. As this condition is both painful and potentially fatal, it’s key to address urinary issues in pets as soon as possible.

Signs of urinary blockages include:

  • Straining when urinating
  • Blood in urine
  • Urinating small drips instead of a steady stream
  • Trying to pee repeatedly without producing anything
  • Crying, hiding, lack of appetite, or vomiting

A pet suffering from the above symptoms may need urine analysis, X-rays or ultrasounds to determine whether bladder stones, or cystoliths, are causing a problem. From there, our team may need to perform surgery (a cystotomy) to remove blockages from your cat or dog’s bladder and urethra. At Banded Peak, we’re experienced in these procedures and won’t rest until we know that your four-legged friend is on the mend.

dog lying down on table getting examined