1. Choose a shallow bowl to collect your dog’s urine in. The size of the bowl should be large enough to catch your dog’s stream of urine. For female dog’s, the size of the bowl should be small enough to fit between the dog’s hind legs during urination.

2. Wash the shallow bowl thoroughly in hot soapy water and allow to air-dry. The bowl must be clean to prevent contamination of the urine sample. Do not use a towel to dry the bowl to avoid spreading bacteria from the towel onto the bowl.

3. Take your dog for a walk on a leash. Bring your bowl with you. When your male dog lifts his leg to urinate, place the bowl on the ground in the stream of urine to obtain the sample. When your female dog squats to urinate, gently slide the bowl between her legs and under the stream of urine to obtain the sample.

4. Be persistent. It may take several tries to obtain a urine sample. At first, your dog may stop urinating when you attempt to collect the sample. Do not become angry with your dog. Your dog does not understand what you are doing and does not want to urinate on you. After a few attempts and with calm encouragement, you will be successful.

5. Transfer the urine from the bowl into a clean (unused) resealable plastic bag, plastic food with a lid or a jar with a lid. The container or jar should be washed in hot soapy water and air-dried before use. Seal the bag or place the lid on the container or jar.

6. Store the urine sample in the refrigerator until you are ready to bring it to the veterinarian’s office. Refrigeration inhibits the growth of bacteria in the urine, which could cause false laboratory test results.

Additional Tips

If urine collection is unsuccessful during your dog walk, try again in a few hours. It may take a several attempts during different dog walks to reach success.

Maintain a calm demeanor and be patient with your dog. Getting upset or impatient will only confuse your dog and make urine collection more difficult. Use kind words as encouragement to let your dog know everything is okay.

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