A closer look: Straining to Urinate (Stranguria) in Horses
Straining to urinate is uncommon, although more common in male horses. Horses that are straining to urinate but are otherwise healthy benefit from veterinary intervention, however it is unlikely to be severe.
Horses not producing any urine or presenting with other symptoms such as colic require emergency intervention.
Severity of stranguria varies depending on urinary production. Horses not producing urine require emergency intervention compared to horses still producing urine.
Stranguira can also be intermittent or persistent.
Straining to urinate also varies in how much strain is evident. More severe discomfort may lead to colic.
Since straining to urinate is commonly associated with disease or dysfunction of the urinary tract, horses at higher risk of urinary tract disorder are at higher risk of straining to urinate. The symptom is more common in male horses.
Testing and diagnosis
- A physical examination
- Rectal examination
- Diagnostic imaging
Treatment depends on the underlying cause. These vary, but may include:
- Medication, such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories.
- Supportive fluid therapy
If a patient is unable to urinate at all a catheter may be required during the recovery process.
Stranguira is self evident, as horses have a unique urinary posture.