How to Collect Your Pet's Urine Sample

What happens if your veterinarian asks you to collect a urine sample from your pet? Instantly, you are thinking, “How am I going to do this?”

Step-by-Step Instructions for Dogs

Anytime your pet is urinating inappropriately we will ask for a urine sample. Here are some step by step instructions on how to collect urine from your dog.

  1. Prepare a Clean Container: Have a clean container to collect the urine. It does not need to be sterilized, just cleaned and make sure it has a tight lid.
  2. Leash Your Dog: Place your dog on a short leash.
  3. Outdoor Collection: Take your dog outside and just before they do their business put the container underneath them to catch the urine.
  4. Handling Female Dogs: If you have a female dog that squats to urinate, a soup ladle is a handy tool!

Handling Cat Urine Samples

If you have a cat that is urinating inappropriately the best way to collect a urine sample is to purchase kit-4-cat litter from us.

Alternatives for Pet Owners & Importance

If you are not able to collect a urine sample from your dog or cat we can perform a cystocentesis.

When you bring the urine sample into Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital we will ask you how you collected it and at what time. The urine sample is analyzed (urinalysis) through our lab machines and we will have the results within 15 minutes.


A urinalysis is a very important diagnostic tool. It can identify many types of diseases such as a bladder infection, diabetes, kidney disease and so much more. If your dog or cat is urinating inappropriately please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital and we would be happy to help you.

Written by Trina, Office Manager