Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

How do I collect a urine sample?

Dogs: Urine is easiest collected while walking on a leash since you are already very close to your pet. In addition, a first morning urine sample is the most accurate and also the easiest time to collect since this is usually when his/her bladder is the most full. For female dogs, try using a clean aluminium pie plate or disposable Tupperware. When she squats to urinate, simply slide the container underneath her into the stream from the rear. For male dogs, place the container under the dogs abdomen and in the urine stream when he stops and lifts his leg to urinate.

Cats: Obtain a fake non-absorbing kitty litter from your veterinarian to help collect the urine sample. Give your litter box a good clean with soap and water, then place the special litter in the box. Your cat and his/her box will need to be separated from other cats in the house to ensure that urine is obtained from the correct pet. Give your cat several hours to use the box. After he/she has urinated, transfer it to the provided container and then to your veterinarian as soon as possible. NOTE: some cats refuse to use this special type of litter, so if your do not get urine after 4-5 hours, abandon the project and give back the normal litter and box. You will need to discuss with your veterinarian another way of getting the sample, which will most likely need to be collected by your veterinarian.

NOTE: Timing is crucial in urine sample analysis as the cells in the urine will rapidly degrade leading to incorrect test results. For this reason, ideally the sample should be in your veterinarians hands within 1/2 hour of collection and certainly within 2 hours at the very most.