Photomicrographs of a urine sample from a dog
A 6 year old castrated male Akita presented with a one year history of persistent polyuria and polydipsia, that was unresponsive to antibiotic (Amoxicillin) treatment. The dog was difficult to examine, but appeared painful on abdominal palpation. Ultrasonographic imaging showed a diffusely thickened bladder wall. A urine sample was collected by cystocentesis and submitted for urinalysis and cytologic evaluation. Urinalysis results and representative cytologic images (from a cytospin smear of a urine sediment) are provided below.
Evaluate the representative photomicrographs below and consider the following questions:
- Interpret the results of the urinalysis.
- Identify the labeled cells in Figure 1.
- Is a causative agent evident?
- what other tests are indicated on the urine?
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