Dog Urinalysis and Fecal Exam

During routine visits your veterinarian will often ask for fecal and/or urine samples. By evaluating your dog’s fecal and urine it helps to give your veterinarian the whole picture surrounding your dog’s health.

Why are fecal examinations required yearly?

Yearly fecal examinations are required to ensure that your dog hasn’t picked up an internal parasite. Fecal tests are recommended to detect internal parasites in our dogs that are passed from infected dogs, cats, rodents and birds through their fecal matter. Most commonly in mature dogs they can get it from walking through infected feces and then in the grooming process, lick and ingest the feces and get infected. They can even become infected by simply sniffing another animal’s feces. Young puppies will often be passed parasites from their mothers either in the womb or through their mother’s milk.

If my dogs urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?

If your dogs urine test reveals a urinary tract infection it is advised to get the advice of your veterinarian. After evaluating the urine results, your veterinarian can inform you of an appropriate treatment plan to treat your dog’s specific needs.



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Holiday Hazards

We would never want to think that the winter holidays would be anything but a happy time for our pets and certainly we would never think of the word “hazard” but unfortunately, it is a time that veterinary clinics see a lot of dogs and cats for a various number of reasons related to this special time of year. Choking, stomach upsets, intestinal obstructions, and poisonings are many of the reasons dogs and cats end up in emergency hospitals over the holidays.

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