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post #1 of 14 Old 06-30-2013, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Dribbling Urine?

First off, I AM calling the vet tomorrow during business hours, but I wanted to see if anyone else has ideas of what could be happening.

My gelding has been acting a bit "blah" the past couple weeks. Nothing major, no temperature, his pulse and resp have been fine and his gut sounds normal. I thought it may be the heat. He had a farrier appointment last week and the farrier noticed his lumbar was a bit sore and he was a bit stiff behind. Now this morning he has been dribbling urine. I watched him stretch out, drop and urinate normally, too.

I am thinking it is pain related or possibly sand related (sand in the gut causing pain or sand in the bladder?). Have any of you guys experienced this before?
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post #2 of 14 Old 06-30-2013, 03:09 PM
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When's the last time his sheath has been cleaned? He could have a bean that's obstructing urination.

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He gets a minor cleaning about once a month, and he gets sedated and fully cleaned including bean removal once a year. I cleaned off the sloughing stuff last week and tried to look for a bean last night, but he wasn't having any of that!
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My first thought is that he might have a bladder, kidney, or UTI infection. If it's a low grade infection, he might not have enough of a fever to register as abnormal, but enough to make holding his bladder difficult.
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My first thought is that he might have a bladder, kidney, or UTI infection. If it's a low grade infection, he might not have enough of a fever to register as abnormal, but enough to make holding his bladder difficult.
The more I think about it, the more this makes sense. I've gotten a UTI and they HURT! Even made my back ache.
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Cranberries don't do anything for a UTI. It just covers up the pain, does nothing to get rid of the infection. He needs antibiotics.
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The cranberry question was more out of curiosity! I am planning on calling my vet tomorrow morning and would not forgo treatment just on a whim.
I did re-check him for beans today and cleaned his sheath up. No beans at all. Even did a liniment rub over his lumbar region (which he seemed to enjoy) and gave him a low dose of bute to make him more comfortable in the mean time.
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Bladder stones??? Another possibility.
I'm glad you are calling the vet in the morning. I wouldn't fool around. Let us know what the vet finds.
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Cranberries actually do nothing for pain, they change the pH of the urine, making it more acidic, which will kill some bacteria that are sensitive to acidic pH. Do not know if it works in horses the same as people since they ferment them differently it the hind gut. I would definitely get your vet involved. Some bloodwork and possibly urinalysis are in order.
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Well just got home from the vet, and the vet does not think it is serious nor does he think it is a uti or stones. He flexed positive in his left hind, so his back is sore from compensation. I got a hold of his old owners (whom I have known for years) and they said he has done this before, and they did a full work up on him and found nothing abnormal.
I am patiently waiting for him to urinate so I can collect a sample.

Thanks for the info on cranberries, they have worked for me in the past but I wasn't sure why or how or if they would be comparable in horses...just a pondery :)
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