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. 

If  your dog is showing signs of a urinary tract infection, make an  appointment with your animal hospital Carrollton, GA immediately. Read more here.


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