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Urinalysis: blood

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Synonym(s): Hematuria


Overview

  • Urinalysis is an inexpensive test that can be easily and quickly performed in practice to detect the presence of blood in ferret urine.
  • Results can provide useful information and should be part of the minimum database for a patient.
  • Results can often help veterinarians diagnose both urinary tract disorders and systemic diseases.

Sampling

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Tests

Methodologies

  • Dipstick analysis [Urinalysis: dipstick analysis].
  • Centrifuged sediment.
  • Microscopic evaluation of the urine sample.

Availability

  • Dipstick analysis is an easy and inexpensive test that is generally available in many veterinary practices.
  • Centrifuge and microscope are required to assess sediment and cytological samples, although both instruments are very common in clinical practices, they may not be available.
  • Many animal laboratory services test for hematuria.

Validity

Sensitivity

  • Good.

Specificity

  • Good.

Predictive value

  • Further testing such as urine microscopy and imaging of the urinary tract is required to investigate the cause of hematuria.

Technique (intrinsic) limitations

Presence of blood does not give information on etiology; further tests are required.

Technician (extrinsic) limitations

  • If using a dipstick interpret test strip at specified time interval.

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Lloyd M (2002) Veterinary care of ferrets: 1. Clinical examination and routine procedures. In Practice 24 (2), 90-95

Other sources of information

  • Chitty J (2009) Ferrets: physical examination and emergency care. In: BSAVA Manual of Ferrets and Rodents. Eds: Keeble E & Meredith A. British Small Animal Veterinary Association, UK. pp 205-218.
  • Fisher P G (2009) Ferrets: urogenital and reproductive system disorders. In: BSAVA Manual of Ferrets and Rodents. Eds: Keeble E & Meredith A. British Small Animal Veterinary Association, UK. pp 291-302.

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