Urinary Tract Disorders
Urinary Tract Disorders:
Horses can suffer from many disorders of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Signs of a urinary tract problem include excessive drinking, excessive urination, decreased urination, bloody or discolored urine, straining to urinate, mouth ulcers or a change in appetite or attitude. Common urinary tract disorders include kidney or bladders stones, renal failure or insufficiency, trauma and more. In geldings, accumulation of cellular debris (called "smegma") within the urethral fossa, referred to as the "bean," can often lead to discomfort during urination. It is important to thoroughly examine this area during routine sheath cleaning.
Why Foundation Equine?
Dr. Kivett is comfortable with urinary sampling procedures and their interpretation. If you suspect that your horse has a urinary tract disorder, then evaluation of bloodwork, urinalysis and rectal palpation when appropriate can lead to a diagnosis.