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    Default Goat with Urinary obstruction

    One of my wethers - my horse's buddy - has developed a urinary obstruction. He hasn't peed in 2 days.... the doc said he has to anesthetize him and snip off the very tip of his penis in order to get rid of the blockage. Ouch! Anyone with goats that have undergone this procedure, and can reassure me that he'll be okay?!
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    Yes - we do this at the vet school at least twice a week. They do fine!!


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    Should do fine, provided it gets handled before his bladder ruptures.
    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.


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    The goat at our barn underwent emergency surgery at New Bolton to clear an obstruction and remove about 100 stones from his bladder. He stayed there over a week and is now on a restricted diet but doing well.



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    Yes, it has happened to me, and yes, he was OK! Here's the account:
    http://www.braysofourlives.com/2010/...-building.html

    Get it done ASAP, though—it's supposedly incredibly painful and waiting can have deadly consequences.
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    @ Lauren12- What do you use to anesthetize the goats for the procedure? I work for the vet who tried to do the procedure on my goat today. We masked him down with Sevoflo. The doc tried to pull the tip out, but the muscles were too tight, and he couldn't do it. I'm feeling very disappointed. My vet hasn't done this procedure before (so he's using my goat to learn on, I guess.) Anyway, my options from here were to a) send him to Tufts, where he said they'd do a very costly (like $1800) procedure to insert a catheter) or b) give him a shot of atropine to see if it'll relax the muscles & allow him to pee. I think the next option is to euthanize him before his bladder bursts.
    So, he gave him a shot of atropine, & I'm giving him till tomorrow to show improvement.
    This kills me that you guys do this procedure all the time - successfully. Please let me know what my vet should be doing, and maybe I can help save my favorite pet goat
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    If the goat was castrated before puerty, he may have a persistent frenulum and you won't be able to exteriorize the penis.

    Have you considered a tube cystotomy with a Foley catheter? If euthanasia is the other option, it may be worth trying.
    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.



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    Flipper - I have seen simple blockages at the urethral process done with xylazine/ketamine only (no gas). Tube cystostomy and penile amputation (if the blockage is higher in the urethra) are done under general with isoflourane, and I beleive xylazine/ketamine induction.

    I think my school charges $1000-$1500.



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    @ Didgery -Thanks! Too funny!!
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    How did things turn out?
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