Dog Urinalysis and Fecal Exam
A urine analysis – or urinalysis – is a diagnostic test to detect possible diseases and disorders within your dog’s urinary tract. The first urine sample of the morning is generally the best one to analyze. A fecal floatation test is an important test to look for intestinal parasite infections.
Why are fecal examinations required yearly?
Potentially, your pet could constantly be exposed to infectious intestinal parasites every time they go outside or meet another dog. Most intestinal parasite infections are asymptomatic, which means your dog shows no clinical signs of being affected. Yearly, and sometimes more frequently, fecal examinations are recommended to help detect and treat these infestations.
If my dog’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?
There are many aspects of a urinalysis, including a microscopic analysis portion, an assessment of the concentration of the urine, and a biochemical analysis. If there are any abnormalities, a veterinarian will discuss them with you, and go over any treatments that may be required, including medications if necessary.