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