When going into urinary retention, call a… vet?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 17 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:379
  1. Bridget Pearson, veterinary surgeon,
  2. Rowland Illing (, clinical fellow
  1. Glaven Veterinary Practice, Holt, Norfolk
  2. University College Hospital, London

    An 80 year old man, well known to the local urology department, called his local veterinary practice one Saturday afternoon. From previous painful experience, he knew he was going into urinary retention. He also knew that a hospital admission would mean that no one would be available to look after his Irish wolfhound. The veterinary practice had promised to look after the dog in such circumstances, but by the time the pair reached the surgery the elderly man was in acute urinary retention. …

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