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How to unblock a cat | MILA urinary catheter | VETgirl Veterinary CE Blog

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, we demonstrate how to unblock a patient with feline urethral obstruction (FUO). In this video, we use a MILA 3.5 French, 10 inch (25 cm) tomcat urinary catheter. This unique catheter has a flushing stylet, and can be left in place to alleviate the obstruction and continue to monitor urine output. This should be done in a sedated patient using sterile technique. Once the patient has been unblocked, the catheter should be secured in place with the suture wings (included in the MILA set). A closed urinary collection system should be attached, and urine output carefully monitored. Appropriate analgesia (e.g., coccygeal block in conjunction with buprenorphine, etc.), aggressive fluid therapy, e-collar placement, and supportive care is imperative in the successful management of these emergency feline patients!

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