We often request a urine sample as this is an invaluable, cost effective tool to help us diagnose many conditions eg diabetes and urinary tract infection and to monitor others eg kidney disease and urine crystals.
We do understand though that it can seem a daunting task. Here are some suggestions to make it easier.
The first sample in the morning is the most useful one as it tends to be the most concentrated. It is also the simplest as your dog is likely to be ready to go and therefore less easily put off by their owner folowing them closely waving a pot around! We supply Uripets, which are sterile pots with a spatula attachment to channel the urine into the pot & away from your hand, although a clean tupperware container or thoroughly cleaned jar is fine (just make sure any jam jars are scrupulously clean or the sugar in it could make us suspect diabetes!)
Very few cats appreciate their owners hovering over them when they are about to wee, so a different approach is required. Some cats will use a clean, empty litter tray but as they don't like getting splashed and like to dig a hole, it is better to use a special non-absorbant litter, or even clean aquarium gravel. Smart cat urine collection kits are available to buy at reception and they come with a sterile pot & a pipette to transfer the urine hygenically. Lock the cat in with the tray overnight and 9 times out of 10 they will produce a sample.
If we are collecting the urine for crystals, it needs to be as fresh as possible & NOT refrigerated. Drop it in at reception & we will test it straight away.
If these methods don't work for your pet, we commonly collect urine straight from the bladder, a simple procedure known as cystocentesis. It's not painful & animals tolerate this really well, without any need for sedation. It provides us with a clean, uncontaminated sample, ideal for monitoring urinary tract infections.