- Oct 4, 2020
- FL (Born in MN)
Summary of what has been going on with my boy and his urinary obstruction. A little over two weeks ago we had to bring him to the emergency vet because he was completely obstructed and having no output at all. They resolved it and determined it was a urinary crystal. They gave him IV fluids, some type of steroid/anti-inflammation injection, an antibiotic injection, along with two weeks worth of anti-spasmodic’s. He just finished the last of his pills two days ago, and just last night became severely obstructed again. We were able to treat him at home and I’m trying to prevent this from reoccurring as best I can. I am aware that once these crystals occur, they are more likely to keep occurring. I have had a difficult time because I wanted to make sure he was taking his medication’s, and I did not want to introduce a new food along with the medication so I was adding some water to his dry kibble and mixing it with the medication (he was eating it just fine). I just began to switch him over to wet food two days ago. Changing his diet is going to be one of the best, if not the best thing to prevent these crystals. We also got a new water fountain to hopefully encourage him to drink more. My main question is where to go from here? I am concerned that stress could also be a part of his blockages. The emergency vet told us it was a crystal, but I also have witnessed my boy being more stressed as we now have a seven month golden retriever that we got back in October. Remi tolerates him but he doesn’t let him get too close and will meow when he feels overwhelmed/nervous. Remi is still affectionate and cuddly with us but I do worry about if this has lead to stress and inflammation in his body and urethra, creating an even worse obstruction in addition to the urinary crystals. If Remi is stressed and has high inflammation levels, I would want to know this and see if he could benefit from some type of steroid or anti-inflammatory or other option to decrease his stress levels. The emergency vet also never told us the type of crystals. I’ve tried to do some research and find out if knowing the type of crystals impacts the treatment. I have had a hard time getting information from the emergency vet which is why I am looking into possibly doing a urinalysis to see if this would answer some of my questions. Any thoughts, advice or personal experiences with this topic are appreciated. Thanks for reading!