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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The urine test provides a baseline to refer back to during the treatment in case of complications.
- 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.