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Dog's UPC Results - Protein Numbers High

by Gina F.



I have a recently rescued a bull terrier about 2yrs old. The vet did some analysis and here are the UPC results.

I notice that the protein was high... is this something that I should be worried about? What can I do to bring these numbers down?

Thanks, Gina

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Mar 27, 2013
My Online Vet Response For: Dog's UPC Results-Protein Numbers High
by: Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

Hi Gina,

You wrote, "I notice that the protein is high- is this something that I should be worried about?"

How is the Bull Terrier acting? If he/she is acting fine and the urinalysis is NORMAL (except for the protein) I would just repeat the urinalysis in 2 weeks and see if the protein is still present.

And in the meantime, provide a healthy diet including raw meat if possible. Also, check for intestinal parasites and do a heartworm test.

The presence of protein in the urine can signify a number of things such as; trauma, recent vaccinations, infection (from cystitis or bladder infection to Leptospirosis) or kidney disease.

Was a full urinalysis done? Or a urine culture? If there is a low specific gravity, blood in the urine or high white blood cells, these will give more information for a diagnosis. Otherwise, it is difficult to give any advice with just one lab result.

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Take care,
Dr. Carol Jean Tillman

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