Modern medicine is an incredible thing. Just when you think you've figured it all out, another incredible discovery occurs and some medical breakthrough emerges. That's why doctors, and those in the medical profession are perpetually learning and evolving their craft.
Last week, a little pug named Pearl came in to the PPAC presenting with a urinary tract infection. She kept trying to urinate and straining when she did so. Dr. S. drew a urine sample and took an ultrasound only to discover a bladder stone in there causing irritation and the infection itself. In ideal situations, the urinalysis will give some indication of what type of stone we're dealing with. But as luck would have it, this was not one of those stones, so an immediate course of treatment was unclear.
There are a few standard ways to treat a bladder stone. The first is changing the patient's diet but this only works in certain instances. The second is surgery but, as a pug, poor Pearl suffered from some respiratory issues and potentially also had Cushing's Disease. Needless to say, a prolonged surgery was not a very ideal course of action.
Dr. S. had a thought about a slightly alternative treatment that just might do the trick. He filled up her bladder with saline and just like popping a balloon, he tried to get the stone out by squeezing her bladder. Well, lucky for Pearl, this treatment did the trick and the bladder stone came right on out.
Lucky for your pets, the doctor's at the PPAC are always learning to give your pets the best care!
Til' next time,