Collecting urine (urinalysis) for testing is important in detecting various types of urinary tract diseases including infections and renal health issues. To check for intestinal parasites, we recommend fecal (stool) testing. Intestinal parasites are a major cause of morbidity in animals if left untreated.
When and why are fecal test required?
Your pet’s history and lifestyle give some indication as to whether they are more or less likely to have certain parasites. Important factors include the age of the pet, recent adoption from a shelter, frequenting dog parks, doggie daycare, obedience classes, administration of year-round parasite preventatives, hunting and or the presence of fleas on the pet. If your pet is at risk, please discuss deworming options and testing with one of our team. A fecal test or inspection of a parasite found in a pet’s vomit or feces can help determine what medication your pet may need and if repeated doses are required. Fecal exams are often performed when a pet has diarrhea to look for various bacterial, protozoal (i.e. giardia, cryptosporidia), or helminth (ex. roundworms) infections so targeted treatments can be provided.
If my dog’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?
If a urinary tract infection is confirmed, the veterinarian will choose an appropriate antibiotic to eliminate or “kill” the bacteria. If the type of bacteria is unknown or we have a recurring infection, urine samples are often sent to a referral lab for a more detailed test known as a culture and sensitivity. This test specifically identifies the bacteria present and which antibiotics they are sensitive to.