How to collect a urine sample for the vet

There are times in the course of pet ownership when you might have to do something unpleasant for the health of your four-legged family member. Collecting a urine sample for the vet, for example, is just such a task. So, should your vet ask you for a sample of your dog's urine for urinalysis, don't shrink from the procedure: It may be important for the health of your beloved dog.

Collecting a urine sample

Since your dog is probably not trained to pee on command, or into a container, collecting a urine sample can seem like a confounding task. Ideally, urine samples should be collected by your vet, as this is not an easy task for many pet owners.

If you do have to collect a urine sample, there is a trick that will cause you and your dog little discomfort: Take a yardstick, ruler, or any long, thin implement, and tape a clean plastic cup to the end. You can also use a clean plastic ladle for female dogs, since it can be easier to get a ladle lower to the ground. Then, the next time you take your dog for a walk and he starts to urinate, slide the cup (or ladle) into the urine stream and collect a sample.

Your vet will probably only need a small amount, so don't worry if you don't collect a large volume. Be sure to store the sample in a clean, dry container; then cover it and bring it immediately to your vet for analysis. Test results may not be accurate if the sample is allowed to sit, even if it is refrigerated. If there is a delay in getting the sample to the vet, place it in the refrigerator instead of letting it sit at room temperature.

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