Testing your pet’s urine is a common diagnostic procedure that the vet may suggest for your pet. Did you know that a small amount of urine can give us information about your pet’s internal health, and rule out problems such as kidney disease and diabetes?
As part of a routine urine test, we usually test how concentrated your pet’s urine is. This provides us with an indication of how well your pet’s kidneys are working. We may also test for the presence of blood cells, and look at the urine’s pH, protein levels, glucose levels and even spin the urine down to form a sediment to look for bacteria and crystals. Sometimes it is necessary to send your pet’s urine sample to an external veterinary pathology laboratory for testing (such as for deciding what antibiotics are appropriate if a bacterial infection is present.)
Collecting urine from your pet at home can be a bit overwhelming and we will be able to advise you on the most suitable technique for your pet. If you don’t succeed at home we routinely collect urine samples from pets using a very small needle (a painless and quick procedure.) This routine procedure is called a cystocentesis and is necessary if we need to collect urine without contamination.
We will advise you if your pet needs a urinary test but if you think your pet’s urination habits have changed it is best to phone us for advice.