So our Golden Retriever has been completely healthy all these years. He has been a great dog perhaps too good. He started having issues over the weekend with urinating. He may have been holding it too long???He would try to go and try..... but nothing would come out despite him drinking fluids. On Monday morning we took him to the vet after being up with him most of the night in obvious pain, only to learn that when the vet pushed on his bladder a small amount of urine did come out. After running lots of tests they found that his bladder was ballooned out and was not going back. ( didn't realize the bladder is its' own muscle) The vet catheterized him and drained his bladder kept him over night but he still can't pee on his own. We went to visit him today and besides not being able to urinate he is so happy . The vet has been draining his bladder with the catheter to keep him comfortable and gave his some meds to see if his bladder would go back. The vet says that the nerves to his brain / bladder are not working even though he feels he needs to go , the communication is not allowing it . Only option is to drain his pee 3 times a day at the vet. Has anyone had this happen? Is there a way to catheterize the dog yourself, or drain the bladder ? HELP.... we will have to put him down if we can't help him urinate!!! We pick him up tomorrow and my husband is saying he will have to be put down on Thursday after we say goodbye to him tomorrow!