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Dog Urinalysis and Fecal Exam

The urinalysis is an important part of any database of laboratory tests. It is a vital screening tool whether or not an infection is suspected. The urinalysis examines chemical properties of the urine sample such as the pH, specific gravity (a measure of concentration), and amount of protein or other biochemical compounds. It also includes a visual inspection of the urine sediment to look for crystals, cells or bacteria.

Why are fecal examinations recommended yearly?


We recommend annual fecal tests to ensure your pet is parasite-free. This is particularly important in higher-risk households (such as those that include very young, very elderly or immunocompromised individuals). Speak to our veterinary team about the proper frequency of tests for your specific family pet and situation.

If my pet’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?


Our veterinarians will recommend treatment options for your pet, depending on their unique situation. Antibiotics, medications, diet changes, or even surgery to remove bladder stones may be required, depending on your pet’s condition. We advise that you always refer to our team’s expert advice first, prior to consulting DIY treatments, which often inflict more harm than good.

How is a fecal parasite screen performed?


Once fecal samples are collected, they can be tested by smearing, flotation or centrifugation and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay at an external testing laboratory.

What is a fecal parasite screen?


Fecal parasite screening is the process of detecting the presence of an intestinal parasite burden in your pet.

What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?


The analysis identifies eggs or ova of intestinal parasites.

What is the best method for collecting my cat’s or my dog’s stool?


The fresher the stool samples the better. Pick up a sample as soon as your pet poops and put it in a plastic sandwich bag or a disposable container.