It is critical to your animal's health that you seek treatment for urological and kidney ailments. If your animal is straining to urinate, lethargic, incontinent, or in pain, please contact us immediately.
Diagnosis: What to Expect
When you and your animal come to your appointment, we will start by a comprehensive intake, reviewing your case and any existing lab work that you and your veterinarian may have already completed. After this initial meeting, we will make some recommendations for how to best approach your case, including:
- Additional blood work
- Urinalysis and urine culture
- Ultrasound and/or additional radiography, including ultrasound, contrast studies, or a CT scan.
Additional diagnostics include kidney function testing, cystoscopy, contrast studies, blood pressure measurement, and more depending on the underlying cause. The advanced testing available at Penn Vet may be essential to properly diagnose your animal's problem to create and implement the appropriate treatment plan. Some treatment options may include:
- Medications or supplements
- Dietary changes
- Fluid therapy
- Minimally invasive procedures such as lithotripsy
- Additional treatments to address underlying conditions
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What We Offer at Ryan Hospital
Getting an accurate diagnosis is critical in successful treatment planning. At Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital for companion animals we offer the best in diagnostic testing, including radiological services such as radiographs, ultrasound, CT-scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Some of the procedures that make Penn Vet unique among specialty hospitals include traditional surgical procedures such as ureterotomy and ureteral reimplantation, minimally invasive and surgical stenting, laser ablation of ectopic ureters, extracorporeal therapy and renal transplantation.
We also rank as one of the nation's top academic diagnostic laboratories. That means we can process tissue, urine, and blood samples quickly and our diagnostic team comprises board-certified specialists who treat each sample with care, insight, and compassion.