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Kidney disease (also referred to in medical terminology as renal disease) is a common finding in cats and dogs, especially those who are reaching their senior years. In acute disease, such as a toxicity, the signs occur suddenly and can be very severe. In chronic kidney disease, the onset may be very slow and the signs fairly nonspecific, i.e., the animal is “just not doing well.” Whether the disease is acute or chronic is typically related to the cause.

Pet Urinary Health Strip are for the qualitative and semi-quantitative detection of one or more of the following analytes in urine: Leukocytes, Nitrite,
Urobilinogen, Protein, pH, Blood, Specific Gravity, Ketone, Bilirubin and Glucose. Pet Urinary Health Strip can be used in general evaluation of health, and aids in the diagnosis and monitoring of metabolic or systemic diseases that affect kidney function, endocrine disorders and diseases or disorders of the urinary tract. The test is simple and easy to do-just place the test strip in your pet’s urine. 75% of diseases of dogs and cats can be prevented by dietary changes, if detected early.

How to obtain a urine sample from your pet:

Dogs’ urine can be collected via a container

  • Using a dry clean container such as a plastic dish, take out container or margarine container
  • Wait until your dog begins to urinate then slowly place the container directly under the stream of urine
  • Only about a tablespoon of urine is required for a urine test
  • Once the urine has been collected it is important to take it to your local vet as soon as possible alternatively, you can keep it in the fridge until your veterinary appointment

Cats’ urine can be collected via a container or hydrophobic sand.

  • Remove the cat litter from its tray only leaving a few pieces for your cat to scratch around with
  • Once your cat urinates in the tray, using a clean plastic container tip a small amount of the urine into it avoiding any of the cat litter falling into the container
  • If your cat is an outside cat it can be much more difficult to collect a sample so we recommend bringing your cat into the practice with a full bladder and then a veterinary nurse can usually express the bladder and collect the sample at the time of your consultation.