The specific gravity (SG) reading on your urinalysis test is a measurement of the ratio of the urine to the weight of an equal volume of water. It is a reflection of the ability of the kidneys to concentrate urine.
Your dog and cat’s specific gravity will vary throughout the day. With exercise and no intake of water, the urine becomes more concentrated.
Normal readings are as follows:
cats: 1.015 to 1.060
dogs: 1.015 to 1.050
Dilute urine is on the left side of the color chart and becomes more concentrated as the values go up.
Consistent low levels of specific gravity can indicate diabetes insipidus, impaired kidney function, adrenal gland abnormalities as well as over consumption of water.
We would like to wish everyone a wonderful New Year.
We hope 2014 brings you and your animal companions many Blessings and great Fulfillment.
It is wonderful to be connected to so many caring pet owners around the country.
And we look forward to hearing how our product is helping you to protect your dog’s and cat’s good health.
Before symptoms appear is the key here!!
ThePetCheckup provides important indications of potential diseases including: kidney disease, urinary tract disease, diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, kidney infections, bacterial infections, urinary tract infections, urinary bladder disease, auto-immune disease, Cushing’s disease, prostate diseases, hepatitis and other liver conditions.
Our veterinary consultants advise that the tests be done on a monthly basis between routine veterinary visits to catch potential problems before symptoms appear.
We have also had customers report to us that their veterinarians were able to detect some pretty uncommon illnesses because of early red flags from ThePetCheckup test. Seeing an imbalance with the monthly test led to further veterinary testing and potential serious illnesses were detected at early stages. This has been the case with some liver conditions that have been reported to us. And the treatment has been successful which is so wonderful to hear!
Thank you to our customers for their feedback…..we love hearing from you!
I just wanted to let you know that your product is wonderful.
I always tell my veterinarians about it and hope that they will incorporate it into their businesses. It’s such a nice feeling to take extra care with your pet, and it’s an easy thing to do between routine veterinary visits.
MB, Boston, MA
Another nice testimonial from a customer for ThePetCheckup. It really sums up how helpful this product is:
If you love your pet and want to be pro-active in their health care than this is something that you must have. I have 4 dogs and routinely utilize ThePetCheckup to monitor their urine levels. Since so many diseases can be detected through the urine, ThePetCheckup gives me peace of mind by allowing me to monitor my dogs between routine vet exams. I truly believe by using ThePetCheckup along with routine vet care I am giving my pets the best possible care.”
—Marie, New Jersey
One simple thing I just read about to help prevent your dog and cat from developing urinary, bladder, or kidney infections is to be vigilant about washing out the water dish with hot/soapy water and changing the water atleast once a day.
Bacteria can grow quickly in the water and not just in hot weather.
The article mentioned some nice dishes that are made from recycled plastic. However, I believe stainless steel dishes are the best. Years ago, my cat Oliver developed what the vet called “feline acne”….little bumps on his chin. I was told that is something that is more common when the animal eats or drinks from plastic dishes.
And seamless dishes are the best, too, as bacteria cannot accumulate in any creases.
People are often surprised when they learn the range of illnesses that a pet urinalysis test can indicate.
A urine test for dogs and cats can show indications of some of the most common illnesses that affect our dog’s and cat’s health, including: diabetes, kidney infection, kidney disease, urinary tract infection, bladder disease, autoimmune diseases, bacterial infections, hepatitis and other liver diseases, and prostate diseases.
Of course, there are many illnesses that are revealed through other methods of testing: heart conditions, tumors, skin diseases, arthritic conditions, and many cancers for example. No one test can test for everything that can happen with our pet’s health.
Still, a urinalysis test for dogs and cats is an important foundation of the yearly health checkup, so I always encourage people to have a urine test done at the veterinary clinic every 6 or 12 months (and, of course, use ThePetCheckup at home on a monthly basis!).