Ideally, you should not need to refrigerate your dog urine sample, it should be brought to your veterinarian as soon as possible. A typical timeline of between one to two hours is what should be aimed for.
If you are unable to hand your dog urine sample in within the hour, it should be kept for no longer than 24 hours in the fridge at around 4C (39F).
The container of urine should be put in a sealed plastic Ziploc bag first. This is very important if you are not able to take the sample into the clinic immediately, as the bacteria in the urine sample can multiply if it isn’t kept in a fridge.
Never freeze the sample.
Dog urine sample, How much is needed?
Try and lay your hands on a Polystyrene Universal container like this. You can then use it to collect at least 10 ml of dog urine. The volume of urine samples is usually standardised prior to any tests being done. This is impossible to do if samples ranging from 0.5 ml (way too little to do anything useful with) to 100 ml are collected.
It is also worth noting that a minimum of 10 ml of dog urine is required for electrophoresis.
How do vets get a urine sample from a dog?
When vets are trying to get a urine sample from a dog, a technique called cystocentesis is often used. It usually involves inserting a small needle through the skin directly into the bladder and removing a urine sample in pretty much the same way that a blood sample is obtained.
Also referred to as a clean catch method, which aims to prevent bacteria from the skin of the penis or vagina from contaminating the urine specimen.
As dog owners are unable to use invasive techniques as such, relying on a dog urine collector is the next best option. To do this, it is handy to follow the instructions below.
- Wait for your dog to begin to urinate.
- Place the collection container into the stream of urine until an adequate amount has been collected. This is called a mid-stream sample.
- Place a lid on the container and hand it in to your vet at the earliest opportunity.
Is there Blood in your Dogs Urine?
It is unusual for you to see blood in your dog’s urine and it might be a symptom known as hematuria – nothing to do with dog urinary incontinence.
Some common causes include urinary tract infections, bladder or kidney stones, cancer and systemic bleeding disorders. To figure out the true cause, it is advisable to consult your vet as soon as practically possible.
Treatment for blood in your dog’s urine may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or palliative therapy. Trauma — Injuries can lead to bleeding within the urinary tract. Rest, pain relief, symptomatic/supportive care (e.g., blood transfusions), and sometimes surgery is necessary if a dog is to recover.