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