Dog Urinary Issues from Injury
by Tim and Vetenarian Recommendation
Reader Question: Expressing Dog Bladder after Injury
My 8 month old Tennessee walker hound "Rosie" got away from me on Halloween, & was hit by a car. She is on the mend, but has issues releasing her bladder.
Watching a video on line I've learned how to express her bladder. I have been giving her bethanichol, but it doesn't seem to be working. It's almost like she can't relax her urethra enough to get the flow going, & the only way to empty her out is with my hands.
Will this improve with time? Is there a medication to help the urethra relax?
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
Tim Vet Suggestion Treating Dog Bladder Injury
I’m sorry to hear about Rosie. In addition to the bethanechol which helps her bladder contract, I would add one of two medicines that help the urethra relax – either phenoxybenzamine or prazosin. This should make expressing her bladder easier for you and reduce the chances that you might inadvertently rupture her bladder by pushing too hard.
It can take a couple of months or even longer to know for sure if the nerve function to her bladder is going to return. I’ve got my fingers crossed for both of you.
Jennifer Coates, DVM