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post #1 of 13 Old 12-30-2011, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Horse is unable to pee- even after sheath cleaning

My BO called a couple of hours ago and said that when they went out to feed the horses, Charlie was acting odd. He was parking out like he had to pee, staying in that position for a minute or two, then walking around and doing it again. My first thought was that...oops! I haven't cleaned his sheath in awhile...might be the bean! So we got some gloves, some Excalibur, and some lube, and headed to the barn.

Yes, his sheath did need cleaning. But I, for the life of me, could not find the darn bean. I was up and around for quite awhile (I have such a great horse), but could not find anything blocking his flow. He wasn't even touchy when I was in his urethra. I massaged downwards, I felt around...nothing.

So after that I put him back in the roundpen so I could observe him. He kept doing the same thing the BO said...parking out, acting like he had to pee, but nothing would come out. He's got good gut sounds and pooped twice. When I put him back in the pasture he went right for the water trough, but didn't pee once (we were there for 3 hours just watching him).

Any other ideas? Everytime I've dealt with a blockage, it's because of a dirty sheath/bean. I'm worried it's an infection, but this is the first time he's acted this way. I'm thinking about starting him on some SMZs and then calling the vet tomorrow.
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-30-2011, 10:02 PM
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Don't sound good to me, if he can't pee, he is retaining toxins. Call a vet, like yesterday.
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post #3 of 13 Old 12-30-2011, 10:11 PM
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Could be not peeing, but could also be colic unrelated to his urinary tract. Either way he is uncomfortable and it's potentially an emergency.
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-30-2011, 10:16 PM
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Agree, if he's not able to pee this can't wait, he needs a vet right now. It's already been hours.

If it was a kidney infection he'd still be able to pee, it would hurt but he would be peeing. He's got something else going on....
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The Horse | Urinary Tract Problems

Good read on Urinary Calculi & infections in horses
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post #6 of 13 Old 12-30-2011, 10:28 PM
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The Horse | Urinary Tract Problems

Good read on Urinary Calculi & infections in horses
Painted, the link doesn't open unless one is a subscriber to horse.com.

I just looked on another site moderated by a vet and he said that 99% of the time this is a horse with colic; another 1% is due to true urinary issues. Either way, to me this means a vet needs to be called.

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Painted, the link doesn't open unless one is a subscriber to horse.com.

I just looked on another site moderated by a vet and he said that 99% of the time this is a horse with colic; another 1% is due to true urinary issues. Either way, to me this means a vet needs to be called.
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post #8 of 13 Old 12-30-2011, 10:47 PM
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That's great. I thought there was a fee; must be getting horse sites confused in my old mind.
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That's great. I thought there was a fee; must be getting horse sites confused in my old mind.
I think it used to have a fee.
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Parking out like that is also a common sign of colic. And colic is an emergency. Don't wait until tomorrow, especially if he's been doing this for hours already. Don't let him eat, as he might have a blockage and it could make it worse. Remove all hay from his stall (or stall him so he's not eating grass) and only give him water. Take his temp and write it down along with the time, and write down the times that he poops and how much. The vet may want to know these things. Good luck- I hope he feels better soon.
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