Mango originally presented to VREC in late 2018 for vomiting, lethargy and inappetence. Diagnostics revealed an enlarged bladder stemming from an urethral obstruction. Mango was unblocked and recovered uneventfully. His owners switched him to a special diet to help prevent obstructions in the future and Mango was sent home to recover.
Mango returned in May, 2019 experiencing the same symptoms. The clinicians performed another unblocking procedure but suggested performing a perineal urethrostomy (PU) to prevent obstructions in the future. On board with the PU surgery but financially strained, Mango’s owners were approved for the Angel Fund, allowing him to get the care he needed.
Male cats are more likely to develop urinary blockages than female cats simply because of male vs. female urinary anatomy. Obstructions, if not treated swiftly, can be deadly. The perineal urethrostomy (PU) surgery widens a cat’s urethra to alleviate recurring obstructions and to prevent new blockages.
Mango’s surgery was a success and he went home to recover with his family. He was seen later for a re-check where his sutures were removed – we are happy to report he has not had any issues since!