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Ectopic Ureter

6-month-old Bobby is a friendly Golden Retriever who was referred to AURA Veterinary due to his ongoing urinary incontinence which his family had noticed since they collected him as a puppy.

Bobby would dribble urine around the house, so sadly wasn’t able to visit friends houses or enjoy the comfort of the family sofa! During the family’s initial consultation, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Senior Clinician in Interventional Radiology, Gerard McLauchlan discussed the possible causes.

Congenital ectopic ureters were discussed but these are very uncommon in male dogs compared to females. If male dogs have ectopic ureters they often are associated with strictures (narrowing) making their correction more difficult.

Traditionally correcting them would require an open abdominal surgery but at AURA Veterinary we are one of very few centres in the world able to perform this via a minimally invasive approach. Bobby had a CT scan which confirmed a unilateral ectopic ureter.

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Gerard with Bobby before surgery

Gerard completed a Fellowship in Interventional Radiology at the Animal Medical Centre in New York and is the only specialist in Europe to have undertaken this advanced training in Interventional Radiology. 

Under anaesthesia, Gerard used a combination of ultrasound and fluoroscopy to guide a needle via his perineum into his urethra. He then passed a wire through the needle into his bladder, which then allowed us to then use dilators to open a tract in his perineum large enough for us to place a cystoscope into his pelvic urethra. As his ectopic ureter was associated with a stenosis (narrowing) we passed a small wire under fluoroscopic guidance to identify the opening of the ureter and laser corrected this into the normal location within his bladder.

Correction via this minimally invasive approach is currently only performed in a very small number of centres in the world.

Gerard during Bobby's surgery

Due to the minimally invasive nature of the surgery used for Bobby’s condition, he was able to be discharged the following morning following his procedure. He was urinating normally and his family reported an immediate resolution of the incontinence!

Bobby after surgery fully recovered on the beach with his family
Bobby at the beach with his family once fully recovered from his surgery

2023 Update from Bobby & his family!

"We're pleased to say that procedure was a total success, and ironically Bobby has incredible bladder control and has never had an accident indoors. It would have been a real challenge to have a dog whose whole life was affected by continence issues, so we were very grateful and relieved that it was fixed so quickly. Bobby is a wonderful pet with a winningly soft nature who is convinced that everyone is his best friend. We do love him to pieces!"

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Bobby, now all grown up, who still adores the beach!

Patient overview






Golden Retriever


6 months


Ectopic Ureter
Clinician(s) that treated Bobby
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