If your dog has been showing symptoms that could indicate a problem in the excretory or endocrine system, the vet may ask you to obtain a urine sample for analysis. Collecting a sample can prove tricky, particularly with female dogs, since they squat to urinate. However, with a little preparation and persistence, you should be able to gather the sample.
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Things you need
- Rubber gloves
- Shallow bowl
- Dog leash
- Resealable plastic bag
Wash a bowl in hot, soapy water until it is clean. To prevent bacterial contamination, wear gloves while handling the saucer and let it air-dry instead of using a towel.
Take your dog for a walk, keeping her on a leash to ensure you are close by when she urinates. Walk slowly, allowing your dog time to sniff and choose a spot to relieve herself. Bring along the bowl and a resealable bag.
When your dog squats, move behind her and place the bowl between her legs to catch the stream. Wear your gloves to avoid getting urine on your hands. Your dog may stop urinating when you try to position the bowl, which means you might have to make several attempts before collecting a large enough sample.
Pour the urine sample into a resealable plastic bag and seal it. Make sure that it is airtight to prevent it from leaking or becoming contaminated.
Place the urine in the refrigerator until you are able to take it to the vet's office. The cool temperature inhibits bacterial growth. If possible, you should take the sample to the vet's within 24 hours of collecting it.
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