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Companion Animal Practice
Urinary tract infections in small animals: pathophysiology and diagnosis
  1. Mark Dunning

    Mark Dunning qualified from Cambridge in 1997. He worked in mixed practice and then small animal practice, before undertaking a residency in small animal medicine at Liverpool. He is currently studying for a PhD in clinical neurosciences at Cambridge, as well as for the RCVS certificate in small animal medicine.

  2. Jo Stonehewer

    Jo Stonehewer qualified from Edinburgh in 1993. After a brief period in small animal practice, and a residency in small animal medicine at Edinburgh, she spent 18 months teaching a veterinary technology degree in the USA. She subsequently took up a lectureship in small animal medicine and nutrition at Liverpool. She is currently manager of veterinary services for lams UK. She holds the RCVS diploma in small animal medicine.


URINARY tract infections (UTIs) reportedly account for between 5 and 10 per cent of canine and 0-1 to 1 per cent of feline veterinary visits. In this, the first of two articles on the therapeutics of UTIs in dogs and cats, the aetiology and pathophysiology of these conditions are discussed and an approach to the diagnostic work-up is outlined. The second article, to be published in the next issue, focuses on treatment options and the long-term management of problem cases.

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