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Veterinarian Technician January 2012 (Vol 33, No 1)

Final View: A Bad “Egg”

by Peggy Bentley

    A 16-lb, 8-year-old, spayed miniature schnauzer presented with dysuria, blood in the urine, and a primary client complaint that the dog was acting “weird.” On palpation, the abdomen seemed distended and a mass was detected. A complete blood count, a serum chemistry panel, urinalysis, and radiography of the bladder were performed. The blood work revealed a slightly high blood urea nitrogen level, but the creatinine level was within normal limits. Urinalysis revealed a large amount of blood and a large number of white blood cells; no crystals were found. The radiograph revealed a large stone in the bladder (FIGURE A), which explained why the patient had the constant urge to urinate.

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    FIGURE A. Radiograph revealing a large stone in the bladder.

    The patient underwent cystotomy (FIGURE B) the next day and recovered nicely. Because this occurred around Easter, we told the patient that the Easter bunny had hidden an “egg” in a very “good” hiding spot.


    FIGURE B. Cystotomy.

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