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Veterinary Urology utilizes several services (internal medicine, surgery, interventional cardiology, advanced imaging, and anesthesiology) to provide the most up-to-date and comprehensive diagnostic capabilities and advanced therapies. This service prides itself on developing and utilizing minimally invasive techniques to manage disease to maintain premiere compassionate care for our patients.

Services commonly provided include:

  • Video endoscopy (including cystoscopy, urethroscopy, and vaginoscopy)
  • Nonsurgical urinary stone removal
  • Nutritional/medical stone dissolution
  • Stone basket removal
  • Voiding urohydropropulsion
  • Laser lithotripsy
  • Cystoscopic assisted cystotomy
  • Nonsurgical ectopic ureteral ablation for incontinence
  • Urethral occluder placement for incontinence
  • Urethral stents
  • Ureteral stents

Special Equipment:

  • Holmium YAG laser
  • Nitinol Stents
  • High Definition Video Endoscopy

Useful Information:

Patients seeking urology services are usually first evaluated by our internal medicine service. After an initial evaluation, urology is consulted as to the best next steps.

 At the heart of the urology service is the Minnesota Urolith Center. This center is the largest stone analysis laboratory in the world (animal or human), analyzing over 80,000 submissions worldwide. Visit us at urolithcenter.org for more information on preventing stone recurrence. 

For clients seeking stone removal by laser lithotripsy, the urology service offers free consultation for your referring veterinarian to determine if your dog or cat is a good candidate for nonsurgical stone removal prior to the appointment.

For clients interested in learning about research on genetic risk factors for stones, please visit the Canine Genetics Laboratory website at z.umn.edu/caninegenetics or e-mail stones@umn.edu.

X-rays can be electronically mailed to samvet@umn.edu; please include the nature of the request, the weight of the patient and diameter of the largest stone.

Learn more about the work of the Minnesota Urolith Center, which has received more than one million bladder stones for diagnosis and strives to minimize pain and avoid invasive surgery.