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Dr. Boazman shows how technology helps us determine if your pet’s pee is healthy !
A came in to see us for “urinary accidents” & a surprising finding was found in this urine sample !
A urinalysis tells us many things about your pet’s health & this simple routine screening test provides numerous benefits to pets & pet parents.
It tells us if your pet’s kidneys are healthy, evaluates for potential infection, finds urinary crystals, can confirm diabetes, reveals if your pet is excessively drinking, looks for abnormal cells associated with cancer, & can even reveal parasites in the urine !
Watch Dr. Boazman explain the images from our state of the art in house laboratory machine called sedivue from idexx (results are available in less than 10 minutes)
Capillaria plica (dog bladder worm) is a parasitic nematode which is often found in the urinary bladder & occasionally in the kidneys, of dogs & foxes.
It has also been found in the cat & various wild mammals. It can produce no symptoms, but also can lead to hematuria (blood in the urine), cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), or difficulty in urination.
When eaten by an earthworm the larvae hatch in the earthworm’s intestine. The larvae burrow through the intestinal wall & become embedded in connective tissue throughout the worm’s body. If the earthworm is eaten by a suitable mammalian host, the larvae molt into second stage larvae, burrow through the intestinal wall, & molt again into third stage larvae. The L3 are carried through the circulatory system to the glomeruli of the kidneys. From there they travel to the urinary bladder. By 33 days post-infection they are found in the bladder. Here they mature into adults & reproduce sexually, shedding fertilized eggs into the urine of the host within about 60 days of infection.