Ailments of the urinary system

Continued

Problems with the
passing of urine

You know, there is a bigger and less used word for urination. It is called micturition. So today we’ll be discussing disorders of micturition.  Actually, we are talking about urinary incontinence, ie, animals which have lost control of voiding their urine.  Disorders of urination can result from any dysfunction in urine storage or voiding.  The origin of the problem may be neurologic (dealing with nerve damage) or non-neurologic (some cause other than nerve lesions).

The end effect, urinary incontinence, comes down to the failure of voluntary control of the urethral sphincter – a ring muscle involved in the opening and closure of the urethra (remember that the urethra is the tube leading the urine from the bladder).  This results in the constant passage of urine (dribbling).

The most common non-neurological incontinence seems to stem from the deficiency of sex hormones in neutered/ spayed animals (especially females).  Neurological causes of incontinence are …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.



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