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Old October 8th, 2004, 12:54 AM
jpaslay jpaslay is offline
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golden retriever urinary problems

My 5-year-old male golden retriever, Henry, has been in and out of our vet and animal hospitals for the past five weeks and the doctors are stumped. It started with Henry straining to urinate, with urine coming out in thin streams and dribbles. First time in the hospital, the doctors catheterized Henry and removed a liter of urine. He had x-rays and a dye test the check for blockages and stones - nothing found. All urine cultures came up negative, but Henry was put on antibiotics just in case. The vet also prescribed Rymadyl for inflamation; x-rays showed possible pressure on nerves in the spine.

Henry urinated fine for about a week when the symptoms returned. We took him into the vet, he was catheterized again, and recommended to a specialist. Henry received a scope of his urethra and bladder, an MRI and spinal fluid test. All came back normal. No infection, no growths or tumors, no nerve pressure in the spine. The doctor has ruled out just about everything, and thinks Henry might have reflex dyssynergy. He was put on Dibenzyline thinking it would help relax the urethra. That was last Saturday. Henry had been urinating fine until today, when difficulties began again.

The only other oddity: the first emergency vet noticed Henry had an erection after we had been in the waiting room for about an hour. Also, one of the vets suggested helping Henry try to urinate by putting light pressure below his bladder, and in doing this, I noticed he often has an erection. When the erection goes away, he is able urinate in a thin stream for about five seconds before the stream is cut off, and the erection returns. Henry is neutered and otherwise healthy and happy.

We'll be checking in with the vet again tomorrow, but I hope someone out there might have a suggestion. Thanks.
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Old October 8th, 2004, 05:08 AM
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I would definitely look into acupuncture. For these kinds of functional problems, where there is no apparent disease, it has been shown to be effective. There are very few certified veterinary acupuncturists practising in Canada. Here is the webpage:


There is a link to the US association, if you are south of the border.

Let us know what happens, in any case. Poor thing, he must be thoroughly fed up with having his 'nether regions' poked and prodded.
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