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    03-10-2009, 11:09 AM
Please help- gelding with UTI

I think my new gelding has some type of bladder infection or something. I first noticed him dripping while eating hay over a week ago. Called my Vet and he said geldings not likely to get UTI so it could just be behavior so just watch him. Asked if it would be okay to ride him and he said "ride the snot out of him". Well it has gotten worse. Now anytime he is relaxed,extended he is dripping clear pee. Rode with a friend this weekend and had her watch when he peed. Good stream at first yellow color but at the end very dark brown then small stream,plus a groan at the end. They are turned out in the pasture durning the day so I only see them at feedings and after 5pm in the paddock. Its dark at the am feeding, they come up when I get home at 5pm so I only have a few hours to watch before its dark. He is eating and drinking fine.
Vet is comming tomorrow( I called over the weekend but no one could/would come out until WEd.

What I am really worried about is what caused this problem. From everthing I read it does not sound good. Anything from stones to cancer and I am just sick with worry.

We have only had him 3 mths. He is AQHA gelding 5 yrs old at 16h. I bought him from my farrier who was just getting out of showing and he had been in the pasture for 1.5 yrs only ridden about 15 times.
Vet was out in Dec and he had all shots and teeth floated.

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    03-10-2009, 12:09 PM
First, get a vet out. Second, make sure it's not the vet that you talked to on the phone. If you had a UTI (which are painful), would you want someone working you hard?

As you've already found out from reading, this could be any number of things. You won't know what is causing it until you get some diagnostic testing run.
    03-10-2009, 12:36 PM
I agree with Ryle, get a different vet out. While UTI infections may be uncommon for geldings it happens. My older fellow had blood in his urine a few years ago and was on medication for several weeks to clear up the infection.

You need to get a urine sample and then go from there. Once that has been analysed by the vet he may put him on medication or suggest an ultrasound or scope.

Your right it could be one of many things. Friends of our's had a 12 year old gelding that had a stone so big it was blocking off most of his flow. Surgery was required, but he pulled through fine.
    03-10-2009, 01:03 PM
Thank you both so much for responding. The Vet that is coming tomorrow is in the same group but not Dr. P who told me to ride. I feel bad now as we did ride over the weekend not hard work but long trail rides. My poor boy.
Will she get a urine sample? They did not tell me to try and get one. Do you think she will be able to tell me something when she sees him or will I have to wait on a lot of tests?
    03-10-2009, 01:09 PM
OMG... excuse me but I forgot to ask. Would a UTI cause bucking? He has thrown me 3 times since I have had him. Each time going into a lope. I figured he just has a lot of energy being young and just getting excited.
Also he is very girthy which I figured was from not being handled much so I have just been tightening very slow, do something else and tighten a little more.
    03-10-2009, 01:22 PM
Being painful can definitely cause attitude changes.

I don't know if your vet will be able to get much of a urine sample---horses don't go on command ;) But she will probably pull some blood and test to see if there is a infection present.
    03-10-2009, 01:28 PM
Originally Posted by Ryle    

I don't know if your vet will be able to get much of a urine sample---horses don't go on command ;)
I had to get my own sample....... you should of seen the look on his face as I came rushing at him with my mason jar!!!!!!

Sherie, I would try to get my own sample. Most horse's like to go as soon as they go into a stall with fresh shavings. Get a good sized sterile jar with a lid. After collection put it in the fridge and then give to the vet. Or try to get a sample the day of the vet visit, it will be better than none. If it's coming out very dark at the end I would think your going to see some blood.
    03-10-2009, 08:21 PM
You know, that's one of the jobs I much preferred doing on dogs and cats...lots less urine to get all over you. LOL

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