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Metropolitan Veterinary Associates thanks you for considering us as a source of information for your pet care. In the following video, you’ll be shown techniques for at-home treatments of common pet issues. If at any point you do not feel comfortable performing these techniques, you should consider contacting your veterinarian. Remember, while it is possible to do these techniques with one person, it is always easier to do them with two people present.

Hi there. – And I’m Kara, we’re both Metropolitan Veterinary Associates. – We’ll be showing you how to perform an at-home urinary catheterization of your male dog. Urinary catheterization is a common veterinary procedure performed in order to empty a bladder due to a pet’s inability to do so themselves. While this procedure may be slightly uncomfortable, it is relatively painless, and most male dogs do not need sedation or anesthesia. You will typically need two people to perform the catheterization. Let’s get started. – This procedure should be done in accordance with your veterinary discharge instructions. Evacuation of the bladder may be on an as-needed basis or on a schedule, as set by your veterinarian. Please be sure to follow your veterinarian’s specific instructions and call with any problems or questions. First, you will need to gather the following materials. The materials needed are: a urinary catheter, syringe, bowl, sterile lubricant, catheter adapter, scissors, and an absorbent towel to lie under the pet’s penis, and un-sterile gloves which may be purchased at any drug store. – Next, the participant should wash their hands and apply their gloves. Stay on his side, and the person holding the pet should gently lift the upper rear leg to expose the prepuce, which is the skin covering the penis. Place an absorbent towel under the penile area. You want to cut open your catheter and make a tab, to use as a feeding tab for the catheter itself. Have your assistant pull back on the prepuce, while pushing forward on the penis. Tape the tip of your catheter well. Then, gently insert the tip of the catheter into the penis, pushing with gentle, steady pressure until urine is seen coming from the catheter. – If you are finding difficulty in passing the catheter, the assistant may need to gently loosen their grip, while ensuring the penis does not retract back into the prepuce. – Remove the packaging, attach your catheter adapter to the catheter. Attach your syringe to the catheter. With gentle, steady pressure, pull back the urine. Use your bowl. You’re doing this until the urine has been exerted from the bladder. – If you pull back on the syringe plunger and it is sucked back into the previous position when released, you are experiencing negative pressure. Try advancing the catheter a bit further in case it pooled out of the bladder. If you still experience negative pressure, the bladder may be fully empty. – Remove the catheter from the pet. Detach the syringe adapter and catheter from one another, as well as remove the plunger from the syringe. Rinse all items thoroughly, with a gentle soap solution. Rinse well with water and allow them to dry. – If you have any problems, or questions, be sure to call your veterinarian. Oh, and don’t forget to give your pet a treat for doing well for their cooperation.