Urine Trouble! Different Shades of Yellow and How Urinalysis Can Help Our Patients


  • Sherri Cox DVM University of Guelph and National Wildlife Centre




Urine, urinalysis, specific gravity


Analyzing urine is an important and inexpensive laboratory test that can be done in a wildlife rehabilitation facility. From basic in–house tests to more in depth analysis assisted by a veterinarian or veterinary technician, urinalysis can tell a lot about what might be happening (or not happening!) with wildlife, including various urinary tract diseases and as an indicator of dehydration. This paper focuses on mammal urinalysis and covers basic physiology, simple diagnostic tests and their interpretation, and possible treatments that may be indicated.


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Author Biography

Sherri Cox DVM, University of Guelph and National Wildlife Centre

Sherri Cox, DVM is the founder of the National Wildlife Centre and is committed to helping educate others on wildlife rehabilitation and medicine. Dr. Cox is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Biological Sciences and the Executive Director of Research Innovation at the University of Guelph, Canada where she teaches wildlife rehabilitation.


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How to Cite

Cox, S. (2017). Urine Trouble! Different Shades of Yellow and How Urinalysis Can Help Our Patients. Wildlife Rehabilitation Bulletin, 35(1), 18–23. https://doi.org/10.53607/wrb.v35.34



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