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A Wee Problem

Published on December 2, 2021.
Last Updated December 2, 2021.
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Yuki's mum, Jessica, noticed that her 3 month old golden retriever puppy has been leaking urine for a while.

Yuki’s mum, Jessica, noticed that her 3 month old golden retriever puppy has been leaking urine for a while. So she took him to Dr Nima at Vets on Crown. Dr Nima suspected Yuki may have had something wrong with his urinary system, so referred Yuki to SASH for further investigation and treatment.

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Yuki before surgery showing her large belly

A CT scan at SASH showed that Yuki’s right kidney was full of fluid from a ureterocoele in his right ureter. This is a condition some puppies are born with, when part of the tube connecting the kidney to the bladder forms a sac, blocking urine from properly entering the bladder. This meant that the right kidney was no longer functional, and caused Yuki significant discomfort. Luckily, Yuki’s left kidney and ureter were normal.

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CT scan of Yuki showing damaged kidney and normal kidney

Yuki had surgery with SASH specialist surgeon Dr Soo Kuan the following day to remove the abnormal right kidney and ureter. Our specialist anaesthetists Drs Asher Allison and Emma Johnson were closely involved in Yuki’s anaesthetic. Here, Yuki needed extra care because he was so young and the damage to his kidney was so severe.

Fortunately, Yuki came through his surgery brilliantly. Since returning home to mum, Yuki’s surgical wound has healed, and he is starting to put on more puppy weight. Although Yuki only has one kidney, and will have some restrictions, he has already returned to his crazy puppy life!

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Jerry Liu

Veterinarian
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