Veterinary Urine Testing in Cheshire
Urine testing is a really important way of obtaining more information about an animal’s health. Urine is waste produced by the kidneys after they have filtered the blood, it is stored in the bladder before being voided by your pet. It can therefore give vets information about the whole body, kidneys, bladder and in male dogs the prostate.
The concentration of the urine is important, it can be altered by kidney disease or other conditions such as Cushing’s disease. Cystitis and kidney infections (pyelonephritis) can be detected by the presence of blood, white blood cells and bacteria in the urine.
Testing of the urine is vital in diagnosing Diabetes. Mellitus can cause glucose in the urine or in more advanced cases ketones, this is really important to diagnose early and treat quickly.
Urine testing for your pet
So your vet has requested a urine sample – sounds harder than it is – we promise!
Call in to the practice to collect a pack of special crystals or sand to collect a urine sample. Simply clean out their normal litter tray, place the collection litter in the tray and wait for your cat to use the tray. This might mean a cat that usually toilets outside needs to spend a night in a room with the litter tray in. Once your cat has urinated in the tray use the pipette provided to suck up a sample and place it in the pot.
it is important to try to collect an early morning sample (this is usually the most concentrated urine the kidneys can produce). Have a thoroughly cleaned and dry bottle/pot to collect the sample in. It is usually easier to place your dog on a lead and take them out into the garden to urinate, take your time, be patient and once they start to go try to collect some.
For all urine samples it is important to bring it in to the practice for testing as soon as possible after collection, if that’s not possible place it in a cold area. We don’t always need much urine for testing so bring in whatever you can catch and well do the rest.
Still struggling – call us – we are here to help! Our nurses and vets usually have a few tricks up their sleeves or it might be appropriate for your pet to come into the practice for a simple procedure using a needle or a catheter to obtain a urine sample.