We love a bit of wee!
You might think we're crazy but a small amount of wee (technically referred to as urine!) can give us heaps of information about your pet's internal health and rule out problems such as kidney disease and diabetes.
Infections, inflammation and urinary crystals are just a few of the other nasties we can detect with a little bit of urine.
Signs to look out for that may indicate a urinary tract problem:
- Urinating more than usual
- Urgency urinating
- Straining to urinate
- Blood in the urine
- Urinating in unusual or inappropriate places
If we ask you to collect urine at home you might feel out of your depth, but we are here to help!
As a guide, we recommend that you catch the urine in a clean and dry shallow container and bring it to us as soon as possible. A morning sample is usually best unless we advise otherwise.
Don't worry if you're not successful as we can also collect urine using a very small needle. This painless procedure is called a cystocentesis and is often used if we need to collect urine without contamination (especially when looking for bacteria).
Radiographs and ultrasound are further tools we have available to look for abnormalities in the urinary tract and we will advise you if these tests are necessary for your pet.
If you think your pet's urination habits have changed it is best to phone us for advice.