Three days after Leroy came home from his abdominal surgery he began urinating more than normal and in quite a larger amount. When I took him to see the vet they tested his urine and found that he had a urinary tract infection.
Leroy was put on antibiotics and we rechecked his urine about a week after he finished that course of medication.
From what I was observing with Leroy and his urination patterns I thought that he seemed better, but not totally better. Urine tests at the vet confirmed that the infection had improved but was still present so back on antibiotics Leroy went.
Unfortunately, Leroy had a bad reaction to the antibiotics this time around and we had to take him off of them immediately. The plan was to get Leroy’s stomach issues under control and then discuss what medications might be better for him.
Surprisingly, during that recovery time, Leroy 100% improved and he was not having any issues urinating so the vet told us to keep an eye on him and if anything changed, to bring in another urine sample and they would check it.
So over the past month I’ve been keeping an eye on Leroy and his urinating seems normal but I still would like to have confirmation of that.
Enter in a new product that I just learned about called the PawCheck.
The PawCheck is a at home-testing kit for pets that allows pet owners to easily, quickly and safely check their pet’s urine without leaving the comforts of their home.
It’s a one-step urine test method that has easy to read test strips and gives fast results in 2 minutes,
The PawCheck is not intended to replace the care of a veterinarian but it is perfect for pet owners like me, who want to keep tabs on their dog or a pet owner like you, who wants to be proactive with their pet’s health.
Currently the PawCheck is offered in 4 different kits:
- The PawCheck Diabetes Test which checks for glucose in a pet’s urine
- The PawCheck Kidney Failure Test which checks for protein in the urine
- The PawCheck Urinary Tract Infection Test which checks for blood in the urine, white bloods cells and nitrites.
- The General Wellness Test which checks blood, glucose and protein in the urine.
The PawCheck Test kits are available for both dogs and cats. The kit for cats comes with a non-absorbent litter so that your cat can continue to use its own litter box.
Any test result that gives a positive result needs to be addressed by a veterinarian, because again, the PawCheck is not meant to replace the care of a veterinarian.
I was sent the PawCheck Urinary Tract Infection kit which included:
- An adjustable ladle to catch the urine
- Easy to read instructions
- Urinary Tract Infection Paw Test Strip
- Color chart to refer to with the test strip
The adjustable ladle is an excellent idea and kept me from getting any urine on my hands, which is a first. The packaging was great and gave me piece of mind that I was using sterile materials.
The process was simple:
I took Leroy out and caught a urine sample using the adjustable ladle.
I carefully poured the urine into a small cup.
Took the cap off of the PawCheck urine device
Set the test strip in the urine for 2 minutes
And I had the results.
As you can tell from the stick below, the test shows that Leroy has a trace of Leukocytes (white blood cells) in his urine, which means we are off to see the vet later this week. I’m not hugely concerned about this finding because it’s a small amount, there’s no blood and the nitrites are negative, but with his history we’ll have the vet check a sample of his urine under the microscopic just to make sure.
What do I think about this product?
I like it.
You can tell so much from a pet’s urine so I think that this a great product for pet owners who want to be proactive with their pets health, or for pet owners who want to keep tabs on a specific condition in their pet.
The urinary tract infection test, kidney failure test and diabetes test for dogs are $14.95 plus shipping, which I think is a fair cost for this product.
For more information on the PawCheck and other products by Access Pet Wellness you can visit their site here.
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