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Companion Animal Practice
Differential diagnosis of urinary tenesmus in the dog
  1. Jo Stonehewer

    Jo Stonehewer graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, in 1993 and initially worked there as locum house physician. After a year in a small animal hospital practice in Nottingham she returned to Edinburgh where she is currently senior clinical scholar in small animal internal medicine. She obtained the RCVS certificate in small animal medicine in 1996.


URINARY tenesmus is defined as ineffectual and painful straining at urination. It can be a sign of many disorders, ranging from a mild bacterial cystitis through to a potentially life-threatening urethral obstruction. This article discusses those conditions affecting the dog which result in straining to urinate.

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