Do you have a dog or cat with diabetes mellitus, kidney disease, or recurrent urinary stones or infections? If so, you are probably all too familiar with the diagnostic test known as a urinalysis. When a veterinarian performs a urinalysis, part of what he or she does is analyze a sample of urine with a reagent strip that tests for a variety of things including:
- Specific Gravity
You can perform a partial urinalysis on your own pet at home using the very same type of reagent strips that your veterinarian has at the clinic. Testing is simple. Just collect a urine sample in a clean, dry container (for cats you can use a nonabsorbent cat litter), dip the strip into the urine, and compare the colors that develop on each pad to the chart that is provided after the recommended amount of time has elapsed.
Checking a pet’s urine at home is a stress-free and economical way to monitor its health status. When you find an abnormality, you should bring it to your veterinarian’s attention for continued work up and treatment. Your vet can help you determine exactly what you should be watching for based on your pet’s individual needs.
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