Urine testing can play an important role in evaluating the health of your pet.
Urine testing can help us determine whether there is a urinary tract infection and, if so, what specific antibiotics will best treat the infection. Signs of a urinary tract infection include frequent urination, a cat urinating outside of the litterbox, or a dog having urinary accidents in the house.
We also use urine testing to diagnose and monitor conditions such as kidney disease, diabetes, and cystitis (inflammation of the bladder).
We can obtain a sterile urine sample directly from your pet's bladder. In that case, you should ensure your pet has a full bladder at the appointment. You can do this by keeping your dog in the house or blocking your cat's access to the litterbox for 3-4 hours before the appointment. If your cat is sequestered in a bathroom, you should also take up any mats or rugs that might tempt your cat to urinate during this time.
Not all urine testing requires a sterile sample. For those tests, we can provide a kit for you to collect a sample and mail it back to us. The kit includes a vial for the sample and mailing supplies to return it to us. The kit for cats also includes a special non-absorbent litterbox sand so your cat can use the litterbox as usual and you can still obtain the sample.