Collecting a Urine Sample
In most cases your vet will only need 20ml of urine for testing which is just a few teaspoons.
It is important that the sample is uncontaminated . This means that everything must be rinsed thoroughly with clean water before the collection is made.
- Some dogs prefer their privacy while urinating, so get the dog used to urinating whilst it is on the lead
- Large dogs – are relatively easy – wearing a protective glove (like the sort you get in petrol stations) put a jug into the path of the stream of urine.
- Small dogs and low-slung dogs – you can obtain a long handled scoop specifically designed for taking urine samples in difficult situations.
- With cats it is much easier to let them use their litter tray as normal. Make sure the litter tray is really clean and well rinsed with clean water, not disinfectant.
- Some cats will be happy to use an empty litter tray , but if your cat prefers something to scratch around in, use aquarium gravel or ask your veterinary surgery for some special granules to put in the tray
How to take the sample to the vets
- Pour the urine sample into a small screw-topped container. Your vet may supply a specific pot.
- Write the pet’s name, owner’s name and address and date of the sample on the container.
- Store the sample in the fridge or take it immediately to the vets.
If you have any difficulties at all, our veterinary staff will be happy to help you.