Mouse – Medical Hold

Mouse – Medical Hold

Mouse is a special needs dog.

What is an ectopic ureter?

An ectopic ureter is an anatomical defect that is present at birth in some dogs. In a dog with ectopic ureters, the ureters do not attach to their normal location in the bladder.
Ureters are small tubes that drain urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Animals have two kidneys; therefore, there are two ureters. In a normal dog, each of these two ureters attaches to the bladder at a specific location. This allows the urine, which is draining from the kidneys on a nearly-constant basis, to collect in the bladder until the dog chooses to urinate.
In a dog with ectopic ureters, however, the ureters do not enter the bladder at their usual location. Instead, the ureters drain into the urethra or even into the vagina (in females). This interferes with the bladder’s normal ability to retain urine.