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How To Collect Samples 

  Urine Collection

Dogs:

  • Approximately 1 tablespoon (minimum) is ideal.

  • As fresh as possible is best.

  • Samples collected and stored 4 hours or longer should be refrigerated prior to submission at earliest convenience.

  • All samples over 20 hours old will not provide accurate results and are therefore considered unacceptable.

  • Do not freeze sample.

  • Sample must be free of debris or any other contaminant (including snow and other fluids).


Cats:

  • Approximately 1 tablespoon (minimum) is ideal.

  • NoSorb or Kit 4 Cat can be used in place of regular litter while obtaining the sample for submission.

  • If at-home collection is not possible, we can hospitalize the cat for a short period if the bladder does not present an ideal capacity upon palpation.

  • As fresh as possible is best.Animated image of a cat desperately hoping to relieve himself looking at a young girl playing in a sandbox

  • Samples collected and stored 4 hours or longer should be refrigerated prior to submission at earliest convenience.

  • All samples over 20 hours old will not provide accurate results and are therefore considered unacceptable.

  • Do not freeze sample.

  • Sample must be free of debris or any other contaminant.


  Fecal Collection
  • Approximately 1 tablespoon (minimum) is ideal.

  • AS FRESH AS POSSIBLE for accurate results!  This is especially important if your pet is experiencing diarrhea or if mucous is apparent in the stool.Animated image of a litterbox with flies hovering

  • All samples over 20 hours old will not provide accurate results and are therefore considered unacceptable.

  • Do not freeze samples!

  • Small amounts of debris (litter, grass) may be acceptable in most cases.

  • Refrigerate only if both of the following conditions apply:Animated image of a covered litterbox being discreetly used by a cat who is handed a sheet of toilet paper by an attendant

  1. Suspected exposure to parasites (Hookworm, Roundworm-Cats/Kittens Dogs/PuppiesWhipwormTapewormGiardia) 

  2. ....AND the sample is over 4 hours old.  This also applies to samples sent to an outside laboratory to test for Giardia/Cryptosporidium/Clostridium ("Triple Test").

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