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 dog’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?

If your dog’s 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.


Your Pet and Their Dental Health

We all realize the importance of our own dental routines to prevent the occurrence of dental disease within ourselves; dental care for our pets is equally important! Dental disease or periodontal disease is the most widespread disease associated with 80% of dogs and 70% of cats. It can lead to irritated gums, painful dental infections, tooth loss and can cause bacteria to travel through the bloodstream and compromise vital organs. Fortunately, with a proper dental routine designed for our pets, periodontal disease, in most cases, is preventable. Steps to preventing periodontal disease can include regular brushing, rinses, wipes, chews, dental diets, dental prophies or scaling and regular checkups. Click on the link below and watch a short video to learn steps on how you can easily make dental brushing apart of your pet’s everyday routine! https://www.ccv.adobe.com/v1/player/Ru55HeZoDkC/embed

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