We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
A frequent medical emergency that is common in our feline friends is obstruction of the urinary tract. It occurs when a bladder stone or a mucus plug gets stuck in the urethra, meaning the tube leading from the bladder to outside the body. It blocks the outflow of the urine from the bladder. The kidneys continue to make urine, and the bladder continues to fill, which is quite uncomfortable, even painful – think about the last time you REALLY needed to pee!
A couple of things can then happen. Firstly, the urine can back up and cause potentially irreversible damage to the kidneys. The second thing that can happen is a condition called uremia, a build-up of toxins in the body that can make the cat very sick. Another risk of this condition is the bladder rupturing and urine releasing into the abdomen. This combination of effects can be fatal within 24 hours. It is an EMERGENCY and requires veterinary care immediately.
Some signs that you could see at home to suggest a urinary obstruction include – frequent trips to the litter box with small or absent urine spots, straining to pee, blood in the urine, howling/vocalization, bloated or painful belly or lethargy.
This condition most commonly occurs in young adult, MALE cats that are fed dry commercial food. Treatment for this condition involves hospitalization for fluid therapy, bloodwork and sedation for catheterization of the urethra to relieve the obstruction. The patient is often kept in hospital for 24- 72 hours.
Talk to your veterinarian about steps you can take at home to minimize the risk urinary obstruction in your feline companion.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 506.382.0061. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 - 5:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.
- Your dedicated team at Mountain Road Animal Hospital