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Urinalysis

Contributor(s): Sophie Mahendran , Graham Duncanson

Overview

  • Urinary tract disease is less common in cattle than other domestic species.
  • However, changes in the chemical and physical characteristics of urine occur in many diseases, e.g. urinary tract disease, hepatic disease, hematological disorders, endocrinopathy, neoplasia, musculoskeletal disease and hepatic encephalopathy.
  •  Changes in urine parameters can aid in the diagnosis of some diseases (e.g. babesiosis) and act as a cost-effective screening test in asymptomatic cattle (e.g. ketosis).

Urine collection

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Testing urine

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Specific diseases that can be assessed with urinalysis

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMed Resource.
  • Defontis M, Bauer N, Failing K & Mortiz A (2013) Automated and visual analysis of commercial urinary dipsticks in dogs, cats and cattle. Research in Veterinary Science 94 (3), pp 440-445.
  • Yeruham I, Elad D, Avidar Y & Goshen T (2006) A herd level analysis of urinary tract infection in dairy cattle. The Veterinary Journal 171 (1), pp 172-176 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Diver T J, Peek S F (2008) Redhun's diseases of dairy cattle. Saunders. 2nd Edn.


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