As a dog owner your duties may include collecting samples of various samples from your dog from time to time. One of these samples may be your dog’s urine. Your veterinarian may need to check your dog’s urine as part of a senior exam or to rule out any medical conditions that your dog might have if they become ill.
A sample of your dog’s urine can check for certain conditions such as diabetes, a urinary tract infection, kidney issues, liver issues, crystals, bladder infections and several other conditions that can help determine the health of your dog.
Catching a dog’s urine for the first time can be tricky so these these 7 tips might help:
1. Are they a squatter or a leg lifter? This will determine what type of urine catcher utensil you’ll need. If you have a dog that does both, best of luck guessing.
2. Use a big soup ladle for squatters. It fits better under them. Or try a cookie sheet.
3. Little leg lifters are tough because sometimes they put their leg down really fast and if your not quick they will step in the bowl, which is messy.
4. Know the signs. Some dogs do a little dance before they pee. Some dogs sniff. Some dogs try to sneak a pee. Always be one step ahead of them, or behind them, or on the side.
5. Don’t stare. Be aware but don’t stare. They know you’re watching.
6. Watch out for dogs that like to pee on top of something. This is Leroy. He likes to get inside the bush and then pee which makes it hard to see where he is actually peeing and causes leaves and other things to fall into the bowl, which if I am collecting pee for medical reasons it is not very diagnostic when I have tons of bacteria in it from free falling debris.
7. Be cautious of misfires. A misfire would be kind of like an estranged squirt of pee. Misfires happen and you get pee on your hand. Don’t be alarmed, pee washes off. Unless of course it’s winter and your wearing gloves, then just throw them away.
Seal your container and place it in the fridge until it’s time to take it to the vet. Always remember that the fresher the sample, the better and first morning urine is usually the most diagnostic.
A word of note-If you’re taking your dog to the vet for them to catch a urine sample, please don’t let your dog pee on the way into the office. FOR THE LOVE OF DOG, DON’T DO THIS.