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Re: [feline-heart] urine vs blood test?

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  • diane
    Isako, I don t think you can get a lot of kidney information from the urine. The dilution amount is important but I think that s all you can get. I would say
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 1, 2001
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      Isako,

      I don't think you can get a lot of kidney information from the urine.
      The dilution amount is important but I think that's all you can get.
      I would say if you could get more, they would do it more?


      Diane

      >Hi,
      >
      >I was wondering how much info can you get regarding the kidney
      >function through urine test as opposed to blood test... like for drug
      >toxicity or side effect issues.
      >
      >I don't think I can get blood samples, but i think I can easily get a
      >urine sample for testing without traumatizing the cat. so I was
      >wondering if it's even worth the effort, to check on her kidneys
      >(she's on diltiazem and enalapril) once in a while.
      >
      >basically blood test = vet visit, and that is a no-no.. i had a cat
      >sitter come by last weekend to meet bleach, and she just slinked away
      >under the bed (she never used to do this, so this is more of a recent
      >behavior pattern... shy and very suspicious of strangers even in the
      >house! she used to go out and greet strangers and promptly sit on
      >their lap).. so I was hoping I can get away with taking urine
      >samples to the vet and have it tested once in a while...
      >
      >if i can't get enough info off the urine, then I'll just have to go
      >on blindly as I have been.. it's almost 3 months since the embolism
      >episode, and so far, so good.. may be a tad of fluid buildup, but
      >that's just my guess. I'm going to attempt finding the dandelion tea
      >thing for her this weekend, to see if the extra "tubby tummy" will go
      >away.
      >
      >Isako
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