Occasionally your pet’s veterinarian may recommend bringing in a urine sample to run diagnostics. This may seem like a daunting task with owners asking, “how do I do this?” In actuality, it is fairly simple to collect urine from your pet!
Before collection, making sure an appropriate container is used is vital to preserve the sample. We recommend using either a urine cup that can be picked up from Blum or a Tupperware container. These make it easy to see how much urine has been obtained and the color of it.
When it is time to collect the urine, the easiest way for male dogs is to put the cup or container underneath their urine stream when they lift their leg. For female dogs, using the lid to a container may be the simplest way to collect urine by sliding it underneath when they squat to urinate. With cats, the best way to collect urine is to leave them in a secluded room for a couple hours with an empty litter box or a litter box containing nonabsorbable litter.
Once the sample is obtained, all we need to send out for a urinalysis is about 1-2 tablespoons. If you are not able to bring the urine in within 1 hour of collection, it can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Depending on the type of test your veterinarian is recommending for your pet, there may be more specific guidelines for collection.
Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.