Sunday, January 20, 2019

How To Collect a Urine Sample From Your Dog

Your veterinarian can learn a lot about your pet's overall health by collecting a urine sample. Depending on your pet’s health concerns, it may become necessary to collect a "free urine sample" at home, as opposed to your vet collecting a urine sample in the office. This can be much less stressful for your pet but a little challenging at first.   Here are some tips to collect a urine sample at home: 

1.)  Ensure the container you are using is clean and sterile.  Avoid getting anything else in it that could contaminate it (dirt, pet hair, feces, etc).

2.) Collect the sample in the morning unless otherwise specified by your vet. This is the time your pet's bladder tends to be full and the urine is concentrated.

3.) Keep your dog on a leash so you can be close by when your pet starts to urinate.

4.) Wait until your pet starts to go and then quickly place the container under your pet (many pets are skittish and will stop if startled). If your pet squats, slide the container forward from the back.  If your dog lifts his leg, try to catch mid-stream.  What seems to work well is a plastic plate since it covers a large area.  Then you will have to transfer the urine into another container but with a big dog, you will have the best chance of capturing the sample. 

5.). Put the container upright in a plastic baggie (to prevent spillage) and store in the refrigerator until it’s time to go to the vet.  If possible, put it in a cooler for the drive.  This helps prevent bacteria from growing and improves the accuracy of the test. 

Health conditions that a urine sample can detect are: Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), Urinary Crystals, stones, liver disease and Kidney Disease.  Natural supplements can help with both recurrent UTIs and Kidney Disease (and the associated symptoms)

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