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Veterinary Specialty Hospital - North County

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Nephrology & Urology

Dogs and cats commonly suffer from kidney and urinary disorders, which can be life-threatening or chronic and affect their quality of life.

Our interventional Nephrology/Urology team provides comprehensive medical care and management of kidneys and urinary tract issues, as well as minimally invasive procedure options. We work with your primary care veterinarian to create a comprehensive treatment plan to provide the best care for your pet.

Advanced imaging techniques such as fluoroscopy, endoscopy, computed tomography (CT), and ultrasonography are used in minimally invasive procedures to treat various disorders. These procedures help to reduce pain, recovery time, complications, and long-term side effects that are often associated with more invasive surgical procedures.

Our team is one of a few across the nation that can perform the comprehensive procedures described below. Many of these procedures are performed in partnership with our colleagues in the Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Radiology Services.

We offer treatment for the following conditions:

  • Urinary bladder stones – treated with cystoscopic basket stone retrieval, laser lithotripsy, or voiding urohydropulsion

  • Ectopic ureters and associated congenital urinary tract abnormalities – treated with laser ablation

  • Canine ureteral obstructions (stones, clots, strictures, cancer) – treated with cystoscopic (retrograde) stent placement through the urethra or percutaneous (antegrade) stent placement through the kidney

  • Feline ureteral obstructions (stones, clots, strictures, cancer) – treated with surgical stent placement or surgical subcutaneous ureteral bypass implantation (SUB)

  • Renal hematuria – treated with sclerotherapy

  • Kidney stones – treated with percutaneous nephrolithotomy

  • Prostate enlargement (benign or cancerous) – treated with embolization

  • Urinary incontinence – evaluated with cystoscopy and treated with injections or surgical occluder placement

  • Bladder cancer – evaluated with cystoscopy (including blue light fluorescent-enhanced cystoscopy), treated with cystoscopic guided resections or laser ablation

  • Chronic bladder infections – evaluated with cystoscopy, treated with infusions or medications

Pets typically tolerate this procedure well and rarely require sedation or anesthesia. Treatment schedules and protocols vary depending on the disease condition for which your pet is being treated. For more information, please contact us.

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