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Gracies kidneys weren't connected to her bladder


Gracie the British Bulldog had a history of horrible urinary tract infections, and incontinence. She dribbled constantly.


SPCA Florida's medical team did a test to diagnose the problem: a dye was injected into Gracie and they could watch it flow through her kidneys and into the rest of her urinary system. This helped Dr. Doran Lara diagnose Gracie with ectopic ureters.


The ureters are the tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder. In Gracie's case, the ureters bypassed the bladder and exited directly.


This image technique is called an excretory urogram, and shows that one ureter is abnormally large - and both connect to the wrong part of the dog.


Correcting this through surgery is a delicate and complicated procedure with a big risk of complications. Gracie's surgery went well and her owner now states she urinates like a normal dog, which she has never done before. Happy wags, Gracie!


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