What is Perineal Urethrostomy?
Perineal urethrostomy is a surgical procedure in which the urethra is rerouted to create a new opening on the underside of the cat’s body. This procedure is typically recommended for male cats who have experienced chronic urinary obstruction or who are at risk of developing urinary obstruction due to anatomical abnormalities.
Symptoms of Urinary Obstruction
The symptoms of urinary obstruction can vary depending on the severity of the blockage, but common signs include:
- Frequent attempts to urinate without producing much urine
- Painful urination
- Blood in the urine
- Licking at the genital area
- Loss of appetite
If you suspect that your male cat is experiencing urinary obstruction, it’s important to seek veterinary care right away. Delaying treatment can lead to more severe complications, including kidney failure and death.
Perineal Urethrostomy Procedure
During a perineal urethrostomy, our experienced veterinary surgeons will create a new opening in the cat’s urethra, allowing urine to flow freely out of the body. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and may require an overnight stay in the hospital for monitoring and pain management.
After the procedure, your cat will need to wear an Elizabethan collar to prevent them from licking or scratching at the surgical site. Our veterinary team will provide you with detailed post-operative care instructions, including information about pain management and monitoring for potential complications.
At VIP Animal Hospital, we are committed to providing your pet with the highest quality of care possible. If your male cat is experiencing urinary obstruction, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment. Our team of veterinary professionals is here to help you and your pet get back to enjoying life together.