Milli's Misplaced Micturition*

Meet Milli one of our recent superpooch patients:

Milli suffered from a wet bottom due to constant dribbling of urine (urinary incontinence) since she was a young pup and her owners were understandably keen to get to the bottom of her problem.  Blood and urine tests at the Veterinary Centre revealed a urinary tract infection which was treated with appropriate antibiotics.  However, Milli's dribbling persisted and further investigation was needed.  An excretory urogram was performed which involves a special dye being injected into Milli's blood stream and x-rays used to monitor its path through the kidneys and into the bladder.  Milli was diagnosed with an ectopic ureter!  This is where the tube that normally transports urine from the kidneys to the bladder, instead by-passes the bladder and empties into the vagina causing constant dribbling.  Milli's vets performed a surgery to move this tube back to its correct location - a first for Veterinary Centre Oamaru!  Milli has made an outstanding recovery and now has a nice dry bottom and is back to enjoying life on the farm with her family.

* Micturition is the ejection of uring from the urinary bladder through the urethra to the outside of the body