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Wanting to pee but not doing anything old male terrior

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wanting to pee but not doing anything old male terrior
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Kara replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is***** and I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian. I am sorry to hear that your older male fellow is straining but unable to pass urine.Inability to pass any urine constitutes a true medical emergency.When that happens urine builds up in the bladder, places back pressure on the kidneys which affects their ability to function, waste products build up in the blood, and electrolyte levels become unbalanced causing the kidneys to fail, and your pup will vomit and become quite lethargic.If he is blocked this is a true medical emergency, he can die from the toxins and changes in electrolytes in his blood which can lead to fatal heart arrhythmias. He needs immediate veterinary care.But if he is straining and uncomfortable, but able to still pass urine, that points toward serious disease and he should be examined as soon as you can have him seen.Possible causes include an infection but also crystals or stones in the urinary tract, masses in the urinary tract or neurologic disease affecting his ability to pass urine. If he is an un-neutered male then prostatic cysts or abscess are possible causes as well.So until we have a diagnosis a recommendation for medication is hard.If he were my patient I'd start with a urinalysis with culture and radiographs of his abdomen to look at his kidneys and bladder for signs of stones and the size and shape of his prostate. If money was very tight and there were signs of infection on the urinalysis then an antibiotic prescription for 10 days would be reasonable to start.But if I saw lots of crystals or abnormal looking cells on the urinalysis I'd warn the owner that things may be more serious.And I'd recommend a recheck of his urine at the end of the antibiotic therapy. If the urine is still abnomal then radiographs or an ultrasound of his bladder/kidneys is needed. All you can do for him at home is encourage fluid intake to flush out his urinary tract. Add water or low salt beef or chicken broth to his food or feed him canned food. Give him ice cubes. Offer him fresh water frequently.And make sure he gets out frequently to urinate.If he is straining but unable to pass urine, is vomiting or refuses to eat, runs a fever (more than 103F rectally), has a tense, painful abdomen with gentle pressure, or his gums become very pale it is time for emergency veterinary care.Let me know if you have any further questions.