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Not all bugs must die…subclinical bacteriuria in cats
« on: December 09, 2016, 08:17:55 AM »
Not all bugs must die…subclinical bacteriuria in cats


BY SCOTT WEESE ON DECEMBER 8, 2016

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Since we developed the first version of the ISCAID guidelines for diagnosis and management of urinary tract infections in dogs and cats in 2011 (revised version underway), the most discussion has probably revolved around our recommendations for subclinical bacteriuria. This is a condition where the animal has bacteria in the urine, but no signs of disease. Traditionally, this has been called a ‘urinary tract infection (UTI)’, and treated. Yet, we know that a reasonable number of dogs and cats (and people) have bacteria in their bladder at any time, in the absence of disease. Some groups (e.g. diabetics, elderly females) have high rates. While bacteria can cause UTIs, we don’t have evidence that subclinical bacteriuria is actually a problem, of itself or as a risk for development of UTI or other complications. However, a lot of antibiotics are used to treat this ‘problem’, that’s probably not really a ‘problem’. In people, a lot of time and effort has gone into reducing treatment of the human analogue, asymptomatic bacteriuria. In veterinary medicine, it’s been a tougher battle, but we’re gaining traction.

Continued at: http://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/2016/12/articles/animals/cats/not-all-bugs-must-die-subclinical-bacteriuria-in-cats/
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Re: Not all bugs must die…subclinical bacteriuria in cats
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2016, 04:45:23 PM »
How interesting! I'll be sure to read the link later. Thanks Dee!

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