Acquiring a Urine Sample...Follow The Flow

posted: by: Aspenwood Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

Your veterinarian suggested needing a urine sample from your pet, and your first thought is - What?  Acquiring a sample can be easier than it seems, even for cats.  Based on the type of testing and diagnostics that will be done, the sample retrieval may need to be in a specific manner.  Some options allow for more bacteria or environmental contamination, that are not suitable for certain testing. 
It's typical for your veterinary staff to be able to retrieve a sample while at your appointment.  This prevents a second trip for you and your pet and alleviates the need for you to do the work at home.  In some cases, circumstances may require owners to do the dirty work.
In a clinic environment, a cystocentisis is often utilized.  This method is needed when a sample with minimal contamination is required.  This is a simple procedure, typically without need of sedation, in which urine is drawn directly from the bladder using a very small needle.  A free catch is urine collection retrieved by utilizing a catch container and collecting a sample while your pet eliminates.  In some cases, an accident on the floor can by retrieved and submitted as well.  These are both options owners can do at home if necessary.
Cats are a little different... following them around with a dish isn't an option.  There are several brands of non absorbing litter that can be utilized at home to aid in collection and can be provided by your veterinarian.  Feline patients can often spend the day with their veterinarian as well, allowing them the opportunity to collect urine directly from the box.

Regardless of the collection method, a urinalysis can provide valuable answers and results for your veterinarian.  If it is suggested, work with your doctor to find the best way to 'follow the flow" and collect the sample needed.