Urinalysis (collecting urine) is a routine test that helps us assess the health of the kidneys and bladder and to check for other health indicators such as glucose regulation and liver function. The colour of your dog’s urine can give us information about his hydration level, as well as any underlying disease. We will usually perform a urinalysis if your pet is showing any signs of urinary tract infections, i.e. straining to urinate, frequently urinating (with or without blood). If we perform bloodwork, we will always recommend a urinalysis too. Fecals (poop samples) allow our doctors to check your pet for intestinal parasites. We always need the freshest sample possible. By testing for these parasites, we can eradicate them, so your pup remains healthy.
Why are canine fecal examinations recommended yearly?
They are not in our clinic. They are recommended as needed for any issues that arise.
If my dog’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?
We will prescribe appropriate antibiotics to take care of that for them.