Pet Care Advice 》 Urinalysis

Why does your vet ask for a urine sample from your pet?

 

Vets may ask you to collect urine samples for urine tests, which can be helpful in indicating various body organ functions and diseases. For example, how is the kidneys functioning, a possibility of diabetes, crystals present that could mean bladder stones and whether a urinary tract infection is present.

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An in-house urinalysis usually consists of 3 parts:

  • We look at the colour, turbidity and the urine specific gravity (concentration)
  • Urine Dipstick/Urine test strip for the pH, glucose, ketones, bilirubin, blood and protein.
  • Urine Sediment for cells, bacteria and crystals.

 

Frequently asked questions:

1. Why do we perform a urinalysis with a blood test?

A blood test and urinalysis are performed together to get a better understanding of how the kidneys are functioning. It gives us a more accurate overview of your pets’ body functions.

 

2. How are urine samples collection?

The urine sample ideally is collected via cystocentesis (with a needle directly into the bladder) as there is a lower chance of bacterial contamination. But if this is not possible then you will be asked to place a urine sample into a urine container, this is what we call a free catch sample.

 

Information given is just for reference
Please consult your vet for medical advise