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Suspected bladder stone..

danuutka

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Around 5pm today, Nelli started shrieking and straining whilst trying to pee. When we picked her up, we saw that she was trying to wee, but not much was coming out - then she was weeing little and often, with some clear discomfort. I had a feeling there was something wrong with her urinary tract, so I had a feel just above her genitals and felt a hard, rugged lump under the surface of the skin. I had a feel of Lulu for comparison, and she didn't have it.

We immediately took her to the vets for an emergency appointment, fearing that she may be trying to pass a stone that has gotten a bit stuck in the lower part of her urethra. Upon examination, the vet is suspecting a bladder stone. She is currently there having x-rays to clarify if it is a stone, however no exotic specialists are available until Wednesday. Our options essentially are to take her home with some Metacam (and maybe something stronger) until we have our appointment on Wednesday, or keeping her in the hospital on strong opiate medications until an exotics vet is available to see her.

Both myself and my boyfriend have agreed that we will try to find another emergency hospital in our area, and hopefully they will have an exotics specialist who will be able to sort her out sooner. I know some vets are able to manually manipulate the stone out, however as none of the exotics vets are working at our practice, the emergency vet doesn't feel comfortable doing this procedure.

Is there anything else we could do at home for her?
 

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I’m sorry your girl isn’t well. I’ve no advise but thinking of you. Fingers and paws crossed she will be okay soon.
 

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Have you tried the vet locator at the top of the page (in the green bar - 3rd option).
Given how much pain your girl is clearly in I wouldn't want to leave this until Wednesday.
If the stone is low down enough to be felt, then you run the risk of it causing a partial or full blockage and possible kidney damage.
She really does need to be seen, properly diagnosed and possibly operated on asap.
However if she has a stone that is clearly visible on x-ray and can be felt, then this is something a regular vet should also be able to deal with.
Have you heard back yet?
 

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It's me again.. the adventures never stop :(

Around 5pm today, Nelli started shrieking and straining whilst trying to pee. When we picked her up, we saw that she was trying to wee, but not much was coming out - then she was weeing little and often, with some clear discomfort. I had a feeling there was something wrong with her urinary tract, so I had a feel just above her genitals and felt a hard, rugged lump under the surface of the skin. I had a feel of Lulu for comparison, and she didn't have it.

We immediately took her to the vets for an emergency appointment, fearing that she may be trying to pass a stone that has gotten a bit stuck in the lower part of her urethra. Upon examination, the vet is suspecting a bladder stone. She is currently there having x-rays to clarify if it is a stone, however no exotic specialists are available until Wednesday. Our options essentially are to take her home with some Metacam (and maybe something stronger) until we have our appointment on Wednesday, or keeping her in the hospital on strong opiate medications until an exotics vet is available to see her.

Both myself and my boyfriend have agreed that we will try to find another emergency hospital in our area, and hopefully they will have an exotics specialist who will be able to sort her out sooner. I know some vets are able to manually manipulate the stone out, however as none of the exotics vets are working at our practice, the emergency vet doesn't feel comfortable doing this procedure.

Is there anything else we could do at home for her?
Poor Nelli!

Getting a bladder stone out of the urethra is really not a big job and can be quickly done with a quick little incision without GA by a general vet - sometimes the good old days had their advantages... Especially if urination is a problem and urine could back up into kidneys. :(

All the best!
 

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Unfortunately, Nelli has to have surgery😓
Thankfully, they found no other stones other than the huge one in her urethra. The emergency vet planned on doing a quick manual extraction under anaesthetic, with a possible episiotomy (with supervision from a specialist exotics nurse).

We were told that she would probably have to stay overnight, so we brought Lulu along BUT amazingly, because of how well she’s done and how easy the procedure was, she’s coming home in 30 minutes!!
 

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Glad to hear all went well. Wishing her a speedy recovery.
 

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Unfortunately, Nelli has to have surgery😓
Thankfully, they found no other stones other than the huge one in her urethra. The emergency vet planned on doing a quick manual extraction under anaesthetic, with a possible episiotomy (with supervision from a specialist exotics nurse).

We were told that she would probably have to stay overnight, so we brought Lulu along BUT amazingly, because of how well she’s done and how easy the procedure was, she’s coming home in 30 minutes!
I told you it was a comparatively easy and quick procedure that at the worse just requires a small cut. Several of my sows have have had urethral stones, some of them large ones. It is not even a full operation so she should come round without problems. ;)
Anyway, Nelli should be feeling a lot better in herself as soon as she is over the anaesthesia and soreness.

Please read up on diet recommendations for bladder stone piggies. We also recommend feliway cystease capsules (for cats); they are a glucosamine based food supplement (and not a medication) that helps support and heal the beleaguered natural glucosamine coating of the urinary tract, which keeps the corrosive urine coming into direct contact with raw tissue (which is very painful). Mix the content of 1 capsule with 2 ml of water and wait until it is fully absorbed. shake well before use and give 1 ml every 12 hours. this goes a long way in healing the damage the stone has done to the bladder walls and the urethra and provide comfort. You can find online suppliers via googling.
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