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Excellent idea! A urine bacterial culture performed on a sterilely collected urine sample provides the most information regarding whether bacterial cystitis is present, what organism is involved, and which antibiotics it is susceptible to. Since Coco is an elderly dog, baseline laboratory data will help rule out underlying metabolic problems that may be predisposing her to a UTI or that you may need to be aware of when choosing an antibiotic for her.
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