How to Get a Urine Sample

Top Tips :

For DOGS: Collect the FIRST pee of the day as follows – the first urination is more valuable for interpreting results

BEFORE letting your dog out, put a lead on and go for a walk, it helps if it is in the opposite direction to your usual route, your dog will be busy assessing the situation

Your dog will really need to pass urine after holding it all night. Once they position themselves to pee, stay still for 1 to 2 seconds, then in one smooth movement bend down to place the collection chamber in the stream of urine (as described in video above)

For CATS: If you have more than one cat or if your cat usually urinates outside you will need to confine your cat into one room (ideally their favourite room where they are most comfortable), this may need to be overnight. Empty the litter tray and CAREFULLY pour boiling water over it, turn it up against to wall to AIR DRY or use clean kitchen roll rather than a clot to dry(this reduces the number fibres contaminating the tray).

Ensure the tray is completely (not a drop of water) before pouring the sampling crystals into the tray (use the whole bag). Extricate the pipette and tube and set aside.

Once a sample has been left in the tray use the pipette to fill the tube and release your cat into their usual environment. Discard the remaining sample and crystals.

WHERE POSSIBLE FOR CATS AND DOGS: Get the sample to your vets within 4 hours of collection,storing at room temperature out of direct sunlight, if you will be longer the sample may be refrigerated however it will not yield as much information this way

Let your vet know the time the sample was taken and the method used when you drop if off.

Urine samples are incredibly valuable sources of information and can be tested , interpreted and reported on at Petcare Vets for less than €60! (following a consultation and examination and recommendation from your Vet or Veterinary Nurse)

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