Diagnosing Arthritis

Urine Tests

Why does my dog need a urine test?

Just like a blood test, your vet will offer a urine test during the diagnosis of arthritis or shortly after. This is another essential component of a good management plan for a number of reasons.

  1. Other chronic conditions are more common in the older generation, and they may reveal themselves early in their course through a change in urine such as in concentration or protein content. Sometimes a urine sample can be more sensitive than a blood test for detecting other disease.
  2. An abnormal urine test result may highlight other chronic conditions which will affect the way your dog responds to the medications prescribed. For example, a dog with kidney disease may not tolerate the anti-inflammatory drugs and may be at risk of their kidney disease worsening.
  3. The urine test provides a baseline to refer back to during the treatment in case of complications.
  4. Finding a second condition or possibly a third could influence an owner’s decision to continue treatment. The kinder thing may be to let them pass away peacefully at the appropriate time.