Measuring Protein Levels in Dog Urine
A dog urinalysis is usually the first test veterinarians use to evaluate the amount of protein in the urine. This assessment uses a urine dipstick to determine if the dog has negative, trace, or significant protein levels. The dipstick has a pH indicator that changes color based on the quantity of protein .
If the urinalysis reveals proteinuria, the laboratory can quantify the amount of protein in urine by assessing the urine protein to creatinine ratio. This measurement provides insight into the underlying causes of this condition, such as CKD and hypertension .
Pet caregivers can also test for proteinuria at home using Petnox-10 Urine Test Strips. These convenient strips evaluate ten parameters and display the results using an easy-to-read color key. You can use these strips to monitor your pet for signs of diabetes, kidney dysfunction, urinary tract infection, and other disorders.
Treating Protein in Dog Urine
Depending on the cause of proteinuria, your veterinarian may use one or more of the following therapeutic approaches to treat your dog .
- Anticoagulant medication
- Diet changes
- Immunosuppressive medications
- Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibitors
- Treatment of hypertension
Monitor your dog’s condition between vet appointments with an at-home dog urine test. Proactive testing gives you peace of mind and allows you to catch changes in your dog’s condition early, which may lead to a better prognosis . Discover how Petnox-10 can help protect your dog today.