Bacteriuria in Dogs and Cats is a free veterinary CE offering.
Note: This course's reading content is at an advanced scientific level.
What is the clinical significance of bacteriuria in veterinary patients? How are appropriate antimicrobials selected for urinary tract infections (UTI)? Protocols to classify UTIs aid in diagnosis and treatment. This course looks at the interpretation of culture and susceptibility along with antimicrobial selection. It also reviews follow-up for veterinary UTI patients.
It is important for medical members of a veterinary practice to be familiar with the UTI concepts examined in this course, either as an aid to diagnosis and treatment or to provide better nursing care and support.
After completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- define a urinary tract infection (UTI), describing its epidemiology, etiology, and explaining its pathogenesis
- list and discuss the role of risk factors in development of recurrent UTI
- describe the clinical signs and physical examination findings of patients with UTI
- list required diagnostic testing, describe expected findings, and limitations
- outline treatment goals
- discuss when to treat, which treatment to select, and how long to prescribe
- discuss interpretation of urine culture and susceptibility results
- recognize the existence of organisms intrinsically resistant to some antimicrobials as well as concerns associated with antimicrobial resistance
- explain when to recheck a patient and how
- list available preventative treatment options for UTI in veterinary patients and recognize the lack of evidence for their efficacy