NeylasMom Posted September 27, 2016 Share Posted September 27, 2016 (edited) I have strips that test pH in urine and saliva for the dogs, but only just now realized that they make ones that test a variety of factors including specific gravity, indicators of bacterial infection, etc. How did I not know this?! Does anyone use these at home? I'm really wishing I had had them the last few months so I could have kept an eye on Z's SG and checked for infection periodically. Moving forward I'm just going to use them periodically to have a sort of "at home" baseline for each girl. I obviously wouldn't use them to self diagnose at home, but I can certainly see them being useful for helping to gauge when a vet visit it necessary with the caveat that I know they aren't 100% reliable. Especially for Violet - being able to check for blood and protein in her urine when I suspect she's having a mild rhabdo episode (like I suspect happened last night) - would be really useful. Or being able to see bacteria and knowing she probably has a UTI and that explains why she was guzzling water last night would be a big relief. Edited September 27, 2016 by NeylasMom Quote Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart "The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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