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Companion animal practice
Evaluation, significance and treatment of feline proteinuria
  1. Ellie Mardell

    qualified from Cambridge in 1999, and spent three years in general practice before completing a residency in internal medicine at the Animal Health Trust. She currently works at Chester Gates Referral Hospital, providing a feline and canine medicine service. She holds the RCVS diploma in feline medicine.


In recent years, there has been increasing interest in the fact that certain common conditions in feline medicine are associated with abnormally raised urinary protein levels (proteinuria). Closer attention to the finding of proteinuria and a comparison of normal and diseased cats has led to the realisation that much lower levels of urinary protein should be considered abnormal than were previously thought. The significance of proteinuria is not yet fully understood in every case, but veterinary knowledge in this area is advancing rapidly and the need to test for and treat renal proteinuria is now being recognised. This article discusses the aetiology of renal proteinuria and its significance in cats, together with how it can be measured and treated.

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