Urethral obstruction (UO) is a common reason for the emergency evaluation of male cats and may be life-threatening. Some clinicians advocate bladder flushing at the time of urinary catheter placement, while others do not. The purpose of this prospective randomized study is to evaluate the effect of bladder flushing on short-term outcome including duration of catheterization, length of hospitalization and recurrence of UO.
Cat presenting to the ER with evidence of UO on physical examination requiring placement of a urinary catheter.
There is no direct benefit to the client. We hope that this will give a better understanding of how to treat cats presenting to the ER with a UO.
Dr. Meghan Respess, DVM (ECC resident)
Phone: (508) 839-5395