Definition of Ectopic Ureters
The ureters are the tubes that normally carry urine from the kidneys to the urinary bladder. Each ureter is supposed to terminate in a particular part of the bladder, which collects urine and eventually empties it out into the world through the urethra. Ectopic ureters don’t end in the right place. This causes urine to dribble out of the bladder or urethra intermittently, or sometimes continuously, depending on where the ectopic ureter terminates. Dogs with ectopic ureters are born with them; this is a developmental defect that probably is hereditary. Females are far and away more likely to be born with ectopic ureters than are males. It’s hard to say how dogs are affected by this condition. They may not even be aware that anything is wrong. Sometimes, however, urine scalding and urinary tract infections occur because of this anatomical defect, which can cause dogs a great deal of discomfort.