Why Dogs Need A Yearly Urinalysis
Urinalysis is one of the most common laboratory procedures that dogs are subjected to when they are brought in for examination. The results of a urinalysis can provide lots of important information on the dog’s health status and even allows early detection of health issues before symptoms are displayed. A dog’s urine sample is obtained by catching urine in a sterile container when he pees (free catch) or collecting urine by inserting a sterile needle through the abdominal wall and directly in to the urinary bladder. Urine can also be collected with the use of a urinary catheter that is inserted into the bladder and collecting urine from it. Important information that can be obtained with urinalysis include the specific gravity of urine, protein levels, glucose levels, ketones, and presence of red blood cells and white blood cells. Collected urine can also be used for bacterial culture to help identify the causative agent of an existing urinary tract infection and for antibiotic sensitivity tests to determine which antibiotics the bacterial pathogen is susceptible to. Examination of urinary sediments under the microscope can also help establish and identify the presence of urine crystals and other substances that may be present in urine.
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