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URINARY TRACT BLOCKAGE
 
Blockage of the urinary tract is most commonly seen in adult male cats. It is also seen in male dogs, and less frequently in female dogs and cats. Causes include bladder stones, bladder sand/crystals, swelling or inflammation of the urinary tract, or cancer. Signs of a urinary tract blockage include straining to urinate with nothing coming out, small drops of bloody urine, crying during urination, or getting in and out of the litter box frequently. Sometimes, the only sign may be vomiting or acting sick and lethargic. If your cat doesn't have a litter box and goes outside only, you may just notice that he isn't feeling well. Obstruction of the outflow of urine can be a life-threatening emergency. If left untreated the urinary blockage will result in a build-up of toxins in the blood that can cause death to the animal. If you think your pet has a blockage of the urinary tract, please bring him to your veterinarian or Animal Urgent Care as soon as possible.

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