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From The CriticsReviewer: Melissa C Skowronski Dodd, DVM, MS(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent guide to not only performing high-quality veterinary urinalysis but to understanding the underlying physiology and pathology that contributes to the results.
Purpose: The goal is to provide veterinary students, clinicians, and laboratory professionals with the tools and knowledge to perform and interpret urinalysis.
Audience: This book is appropriately written for this audience.
Features: It covers all aspects of urinalysis, including renal physiology, specimen handling and storage, chemical and microscopic urinalysis, proteinuria, advanced diagnostic testing of urine, and laboratory quality control. The color photos of microscopic findings in urine are especially helpful for interpreting sediment findings. The book is spiral-bound to allow the pictures to be easily referenced during microscopic evaluation. The tables throughout the book provide a quick reference for clinicians looking for differentials for abnormal urine dipstick results, but additional information is available in the chapters if more in-depth study is desired. The chapter on renal physiology is a quick and simplified discussion, and includes additional references if more information is needed. The book uses color pictures and discussions of the different tools available for urine collection, analysis, and storage. It follows the process from why urine is analyzed, how to collect it, the benefits and disadvantages of each product designed to analyze it, how the urine results relate to the patient, and what other tests are available to confirm suspected disease or track disease progression.
Assessment: The analysis that is performed on urine can be difficult to interpret and important abnormalities may be overlooked early in the course of disease. This book would help any clinician in any veterinary hospital with urinalysis interpretation.