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Old 13-07-2011, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Taking a urine sample from a Bitch or Puppy.

This is a more common question than you would would think. many bitches, in the course of their life have actual or suspected urinary infections OR the vet just mneeds a urine sample to test for another possible condition. Sometimes owners are a little stumped how to actually get the sample. Its actually very straightforward.

Use the bitches first wee of the day. So before you let her out in the garden first thing in the morning. Put her on a lead and take her out armed with a very shallow, flat baking tray. Walk her round the garden and as she crouches slip the baking tray underneath her. Let her finish her wee on it even if it overflows, and then leave it there. Believe me if you try and pick it up wee will go EVERYWHERE! Then take her back in, bring out a measuring jug with you. Tip the baking tray contents into the measuring jug, then use the measuring jug to fill the sample tube you will have from the vets. Trying to do it almost any other way is near on impossible. Its handy to USE that first wee partly because she will be busting to go so you won't put her off by standing with her, and ALSO the volume of wee will be much greater.


Taking a sample from a Dog.

Same process. Use the first 'busting to go' wee of the day. If he is a boy that cocks his leg, then use a deeper baking tray and just pop it between his 'flow' and what he is aiming at. Bear in mind you don't need to catch that much for a sample. If he is a 'straddler then its easy to pop the tray below him as he wee's as they often wee for a LONG time. Then again, into the measuring jug, then into the sample tube. If he strddles for AGES then he could just wee into the measuring jug and cut out the middle man.

I'm sure that many will have this covered, but its not always the most obvious thing to do!

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Old 13-07-2011, 01:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thanks for that Di, Arley is the first dog I ve had and wondered how I would get a sample if required, never had a problem with bitches.

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Hadn't thought about that until I had seen your post. Glad you have mentioned it though. Much easier than getting a sample from a cat! had to get him plastic bead litter and pen him in and then wait.
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how stupid am I...when I first saw this post come up I thought why would Di ask that she must know how to do it...duh, I wonder sometimes whether I actually have a brain! Great idea for a post, can I recommend it's made into a sticky for future reference. Thank you.
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if it's something you've preplanned you can get wee-catching-kits from the vets. It's just a little funnel which you hold in the stream of wee and it then drains down into the container which you take back to the vets. It seems to be pretty effective (used them couple of times now) and saves on washing up a baking tray :wink:

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I keep hold of plastic takeaway containers for this purpose, you can then chuck them away :wink:

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We use tinfoil trays ( Quiche type ) that we throw away once used The good thing about them is that they can be bent a bit to make pouring easier :wink:
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My dog is a little bu**** when it comes to capturing a urine sample :twisted:
He deliberately tries to knock the container out of my hand :roll: There have been times when I've not managed to save more than a few drops!
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Just another tip to add to Diana's post is that it is important the collecting receptacle is sterile before using. (boiling hot water is normally suffecient to ensure no residue of any food or cleaning materials left behind).

If you are collecting the sample before a vet visit and you do not have an official "sample" pot to put it into. Whatever bottle or container you use ensure it does not have any residue of the original contents in it.

For example - a lady used a tuna tin (?why I dont know!) but was surprised when her dogs sample revealed PROTEIN in it!!!! hmmm :roll: .

It helps if the sample is collected the same day as the vet appointment.

I have a small pot that has a screw lid and a little handle so that if I am asked by my customers to collect a sample from their dog whilst on a walk then I stand a chance of still having the sample at the end of the walk!!!

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June do you think maybe Monty is SHY? ;-)

Thank you for making this a sticky Nat and thank you to all the extra VERY helpful tips in the subsequent posts!

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