ABSTRACT: A four-year-old neutered male domestic short hair presented with dysuria, stranguria and abdominal pain. Clinical examination revealed a large bladder, but all other organ systems functioning within normal limits. Initial treatment involved cystocentesis, biochemistry and haematology profiles, inducing anaesthesia to alleviate pressure on the bladder and place an indwelling urinary catheter. Urinalysis was performed in the form of microscopy to establish any biological cause for the blockage. The indwelling catheter remained in place for 24 hours post recovery, to ensure normal urine output could be sustained. Client education about feline stress and diet changes were utilised post-operatively.


Tawny E. Kershaw FdSc RVN

Tawny graduated from Nottingham Trent University in July 2016 with a FdSc degree in Veterinary Nursing Science. She currently works as an RVN in a busy small animal hospital in Nottinghamshire. She has a keen interest in orthopaedics, and anaesthesia and is currently studying towards her BSc Top-Up degree with Nottingham Trent University

Email: tawny.kershaw2013@my.ntu.ac.uk

Keywords: cystocentesis; urinalysis; catheterisation; dysuria; obstruction; emergency

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 34 (05) • May 2019 pp121-125

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