Urinalysis: Taking the Next Evolutionary Step Forward with Case Study: Polly Paige

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In this unique double-bill, the presenter will combine two separate presentations to deliver the full picture of the complete urinalysis as a key part of the minimum database and illustrate that using the case of Polly Paige, a 15-year-old, domestic shorthair cat. Dr. Baker will focus on understanding the science behind the importance of the physical, chemical, and sediment portions of a complete urinalysis; the clinical techniques to help maximize the diagnostic yield; and the use of Polly’s case, including test results and images from the microscopic sediment evaluation, to aid in the diagnosis of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Learning objectives: • The importance of sample handling and the “fresh is best” concept in obtaining the most accurate diagnostic results • Understanding the three parts of the complete urinalysis: physical, chemical, and sediment o Importance of proper centrifugation methods o Importance of line smear technique when evaluating for the presence or absence of bacteria o Importance of proper dilution techniques o Manual versus automated microscopy o Identification of common formed elements during urine microscopic examination • Importance of the minimum database • Importance of urinalysis in determining why a patient may be polyuric/polydiptic (PU/PD) in helping to determine the etiology • Benefits of recommending urine cultures in patients with suspected UTIs • Live Q&A