Lapis ISSN 2398-2969

Urinary catheterization

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Livia Benato, Anna Meredith, Ron Rees Davies

Introduction

Uses

  • Obtaining a urine sample   Urine collection: freeflow  .
  • Flushing of the bladder to remove excessive calcium carbonate precipitate (sludge/hypercalciuria)   Urolithiasis  .
  • Performance of single and double radiographic contrast studies of the bladder   Bladder: calculus lateral radiograph      Bladder: sediment VD radiograph  .
  • Retropulsion of small urethral calculi   Urolithiasis  .
  • Healing of urethral injuries (indwelling urinary catheter).

Advantages

  • Relatively simple to perform; minimal equipment required.

Disadvantages

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Jenkins J R (2010) Evaluation of the rabbit urinary tract. J Exotic Pet Med 19 (4), 271-279 VetMedResource.
  • Graham J (2006) Common procedures in rabbits. Vet Clin North Am Exotic Anim Pract (2), 367-388 PubMed.
  • Scherz H C, Kaplan G W, Boychuk D I et al (1992) Urethral healing in rabbits. J Urology 148 (2 Pt 2), 708-710 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Suckow M A & Douglas F A (1997) Experimental methology. In:The Laboratory Rabbit. CRC Press LLC. pp 71-106.


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