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Urolithiasis in a female miniature potbellied pig
  1. Abigail Needleman and
  2. Ricardo Videla
  1. The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ricardo Videla; rvidela{at}


A five-year-old female spayed Vietnamese potbellied pig was evaluated due to a chronic history of dysuria and pollakiuria as well as lack of faecal output for one week. Physical examination revealed vitals within normal parameters and to facilitate further workup evaluation, the patient was anaesthetized. Complete blood count and chemistry panel values were unremarkable. Ultrasonography of the bladder indicated the presence of uroliths, and this was confirmed with abdominal radiographs. A cystotomy was performed to remove the uroliths, and an enaema was administered to relieve the constipation. The patient recovered from anaesthesia uneventfully and was discharged after four days of hospitalisation. Analysis revealed that the stones were composed of calcium phosphate carbonate; husbandry and medical management changes were implemented to prevent reoccurrence. Urolithiasis is an uncommon finding in female pigs; this case report describes a comprehensive clinical workup and treatment of a female adult pig with urolithiasis.

  • swine urolithiasis
  • urolithiasis female
  • veterinary urolithiasis
  • urinary calculi
  • potbellied pig
  • pig urolithiasis
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  • Contributors AN participated in the clinical management of the case presented here under the supervision of RV. Both authors contributed to writing and editing the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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