Q. My vet said trace protein found in 6 mo old pup + high wbcs + some blood, not visible. Wanted to do expensive cultures. Dog is on cephalexin ? Advice?

A. I am assuming you are talking about urine analysis.

The results you described are compatible with a urinary tract inflammation (UTI).

Consider these two points:

- Were there bacteria on the urine sediment? If the answer is yes, then the culture is a reasonable investigation.

- If your pup is already on antibiotics (started before taking the urine sample), the culture is not going to be very useful.

You have always the option to wait and see if the signs of UTI resolve with the antibiotic treatment first and then decide when the course of antibiotics is over.

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