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Patient Spotlight: Oz, the Cat with a Urinary Tract Obstruction

Nov 20, 2013

Occasionally, we receive reports from Assisi customers--veterinarians as well as pet owners. Recently, we heard from a regular customer, Dr. Tim Crowe.  He is always looking for new ways to work with the Assisi Loop.  He found one recently and shared his story with us. 

 

dispatcher.jpegMeet Oz

Oz is a male cat who has had chronic urinary tract obstructions.  This  is very common for veterinarians to see in their practices. The cat's owner is also a veterinarian.  She had brought the cat to RIVER (Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals) recently.  Dr. Crowe tells us about the case:

"The urethral obstruction was significant enough that a urinary catheter had to be placed under anesthesia and intravenous fluids were required on a recent Friday morning. The catheter was removed the following Sunday morning, however the cat became re-obstructed and was presented to me on Tuesday. Oz's owner and I both palpated an enlarged bladder and tried tentatively expressing it but it was definitely obstructed again. So we were planning on admitting the cat for re-catheterization and probable perineal urethrostomy, but I told her there was a "possible alternative we might try" and offered it--application of an Assisi Loop.

I suggested the Assisi Loop to see if the edema and urethral spasm could be relieved enough that the catheterization could possibly be avoided. Oz's owner agreed to try it. So a Loop was placed on the cat's back and caudal area of the body.  To our surprise and the cat's relief he began dribbling urine; following which the bladder was easy to express and a nice stream of urine was able to flow (the stream shot out several feet!)

The owner took the loop and as far as I  know continues to provide intermittent loop therapy treatments twice a day, plus the cat is on Cephalexin and Prazosin.  He remains unobstructed and is urinating on his own."

There are many applications for the Assisi Loop.  If you are treating inflammation, pain, or any type of wound care, consider how the Loop may accelerate healing and recovery. Look through our Patient Stories to see more cases the Assisi Loop has been used on.



Category: Cats, Patient Stories

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