Liquid gold

By Connie Orcutt • Published: January 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

Your pet’s urine contains a surprising amount of medical information. It’s no wonder your veterinarian wants to analyze it when examining your canine companion or feline friend.

Dilute urine can signal a kidney problem, while bloody urine can indicate bladder stones, an infection or a bleeding problem.

A color dipstick shows the levels of various chemical components in urine. A glucose reading can point to diabetes. Several problems could leave bilirubin, a pigment the liver makes, in urine. Liver disease and a blocked bile duct are two of them.

Urine sediment contains still more clues. Inflammation might be a problem if the urine sample contains white blood cells. Bacteria also can signal infection. Some mineral crystals may be normal, but others can go on to form stones.

When it comes to diagnostics, you could say that urine is liquid gold.