Short Takes

May 2011 Issue

Short Takes: May 2011

Urethral obstruction (UO) is a relatively common medical condition in male cats that usually requires emergency treatment (see related article on page 3 of this issue). Standard treatment which involves medical stabilization of cardiovascular and metabolic derangements, correction of electrolyte abnormalities with IV fluid administration, and relief of the obstruction by urethral catheterization may require a number of days in the hospital at considerable expense. The study ("A protocol for managing urethral obstruction in male cats without urethral catheterization," Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2010) involved a clinical trial involving 15 male cats with UO where standard treatment had been declined by owners due to cost issues.

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