If anyone has a very “delicate” cat (my Chloe, for instance) you know that it is critical to keep their immune system strong. A weakened immune system can be a contributing factor for a host of illnesses.
A main cause of kidney infections in cats is bacteria. A cat with a strong immune system will eliminate the bacteria before it has a chance to grow and potentially spread to the bladder, kidneys or urethra.
In animals that are very young, older or have weakened immunity, the bacteria can grow quite quickly and become a serious illness.
Kidney infections can be a secondary disease when a primary disease already exists.
Most common symptoms: inability to urinate, pain while urinating, loss of appetite, fatigue and blood in the urine.
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!).