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Diabetes and bladder issues
02-01-2016, 12:14 PM,
#1
Diabetes and bladder issues
My female Chihuahua is 9 yrs old and has insulin dependent diabetes. Along with her diabetes, she has frequent uti problems. I understand that is normal with having diabetes. But, about 4 months ago, she became blocked and could not urinate. I had to take her to er vet and they ended up catheterizing her to empty her bladder. I then followed up with my vet, after numerous tests, they could not figure out why she became blocked. It happened again about 6 weeks later, another we visit and follow up and no diagnosis again. Again 4 wks later, same issue, This past week, it has happened 3 times, so becoming more frequent. She has a lot of blood in her urine, I am told from bladder, not kidneys, she is on antibiotic and fungal medication. I am told that getting blocked like that is very uncommon in female dogs and there is not a procedure for any kind of stent, etc. Has anyone heard of such a thing or knows of any procedures for this?
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02-01-2016, 06:01 PM,
#2
RE: Diabetes and bladder issues
Yes, with the more sugar in the blood urinary tract infections are more likely. However, you mention actual blockages where she wasn't able to pass urine and that's an emergency. Has she ever had an ultrasound or xray of the bladder? This perhaps could help rule out any possible stones.
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02-01-2016, 06:21 PM,
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RE: Diabetes and bladder issues
Sometimes bladder infections make dogs more prone to stones and the stones may not be readily noticed. I want to precise though that sometimes stones won't show in normal X-rays. In some cases x-rays using contrast materials are needed to see them when they're made of certain types of minerals. Also would be a good idea to rule out any presence of tumors, polyps of thickening of the bladder wall via ultrasound. So if these weren't done yet, perhaps something to consider.
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02-01-2016, 06:30 PM,
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RE: Diabetes and bladder issues
So sorry your dog is going through all of this. It must be very frustrating. The amount of blood you are seeing and the fact it's recurrent makes me think there's something blocking that bladder. It could be a stone, a tumor or a polyp (polyps are highly vascularized and tend to bleed easily.) Another test to consider is a cystoscopy (physically going in the bladder with a small camera), or a cystotomy (a sort of exploratory surgery to open the bladder and check what's going on. Since this is so frequent, it's really something to consider especially the risks asociated with getting blocked so much. Here's a read about Polypoid Cystitis in Dogs, does it sound like your girl? I would ask the vet if this could be a possibility.
http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/urin...d_cystitis
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02-02-2016, 07:36 PM,
#5
RE: Diabetes and bladder issues
Thanks for thougjts and article. She has had numerous xrays and ultrasounds. Even went to ultrasound specialist and they g ins no evidence of stones. We went thru a rough night again last night and after patiently e c pressing her bladder she finally went. Her vet is aware of all of these instances, we were there 3 times last week. They are pretty stumped. There are 6 vets in her practice and they have had many meetings bout ther, but everything we have tried has not helped. C
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02-02-2016, 07:41 PM,
#6
RE: Diabetes and bladder issues
Just read article on cystitis, I am going to call her vet tomorrow to discuss, will let you know. Thanks so much for the info.
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