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DISCLAIMER: All information contained on these pages is offered as a
helpful service. It it not intended as medical counsel or taking
the place of professional guidance. Please seek the services of a
competent veterinarian or professional dog trainer at the first
indication of problems.
COLLECTING URINE FROM DOGS
simplify the collection of urine, you can do the following:
|1. You will need from 1
tablespoon to 3 tablespoon depending on what your vet is
screening for. Check to be sure ...
|2. Vets generally
request specimen from early morning.
|3. Containers must be
|4. Getting the sample to
your vet quickly is important. . . preferably
within 30 minutes. Refrigerate if it's going to be an
hour or two.
|5. Disposable rubber
gloves is STEP 1 in proper hygiene for collecing urine.
COLLECTION 'Free catch' I
The best way I've found to collect urine is to tape a small piece of
sponge to the center of a large cooking spoon. Our vet team provides
us with small sterile sponges in little platic bags ... made
specifically for this purpose.
Attaching sponge to spoon: I use a piece of wide packing tape taped
back into itself, and place it under the sponge so it just
stabilizes it so it stays in the spoon. You then take your dog out
on a short leash and pop that spoon under the dog as it urinates.
... (waiting just a couple seconds after the stream starts.) You
might have to get the specimen from a couple or three different
squats to get enough to the saturate the sponge.
HOME COLLECTION 'Free catch' 2
You can also use a soup ladle .... or attach a small dixie
type cup to the end of a long wooden spoon and slip that under the
dog as it voids.
NOTE: I used to use this method initially, but one needs to be very
careful that the dog doesn't knock the urine out of the cup when
they move off from the site of voiding (particularly common when the
little males leg comes back down).
Other light containers or 'cups' that you can use: (clean, clean,
clean) .... one section of an egg carton or margarine tub, etc.
Cystocentesis - This is
when your vet inserts a sterile needle through the abdomenal wall
into the bladder.... providing a pure specifimen (without
contaminants from any material in the urethra or the outside air)
Catheter - This is also
a vet proceedure wherein a very small tube is inserted up the
urethra to allow the bladder to empty out through that tube.
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Hope this helps a few folks simplify this procedure that is so
helpful in detection of urinary tract infections, checking diabetes
dogs, and identifying renal disease.
ALTERNATIVE WAYS OF COLLECTING URINE
FROM LARGER DOGS
- Pie pan tied to broom handle
- Wire hanger wrapped around small plastic cup
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