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Old 03-14-2011, 09:18 PM
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Help! Bringing a urine sample to the vet.

Lola's headed to the vet tomorrow. I'm willing to bet money that she's got a UTI. I'm going to bring a urine sample for them. The appointment is at 3 in the afternoon, and I plan on collecting a sample from her in the morning (at about 7), because it's the most predictable and will be easiest for me to get.

Should I keep the urine in the fridge? How should I store this to assure that it stays fresh (ew, I know) until the vets can get a culture?

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Yes, you'll want to keep it refridgerated let us know how it goes!
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Definitely refrigerate it, or if you have the time, drop the sample off in the morning. I use containers like Tupperware
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Okie dokie, will do. Thanks so much! I'll keep you posted with her results!
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Ditto to the above but I'd also advise you to TRY to get an additional sample closer to the time of appointment if possible since refrigerating the morning sample could cause the formation of crystals-- and this could confuse results since crystals could be causing her symptoms as well (and then the question becomes whether the crystals are from the sample being in the fridge or if she in fact actually has crystals... ) Obviously keep the samples separate so you know which is the newest one...

BUT, the morning refrigerated sample is better than none so DEFINITELY get that as well...
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You will not need to bring a sample to the vet. The vet should be able to get a sample directly from the bladder. The method is called cystocentesis and it's the prefered way of obtaining urine since it prevents contamination from outside sources.
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Yeah, that's been discussed before animalcracker. Apparently a lot more vets than I thought preferred owners to bring in a sample. Not my ideal either, but lovelola's vet also apparently keeps ignoring her concerns that Lola has a UTI...
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Yeah, that's been discussed before animalcracker. Apparently a lot more vets than I thought preferred owners to bring in a sample. Not my ideal either, but lovelola's vet also apparently keeps ignoring her concerns that Lola has a UTI...
There are three vets at the clinic, and you just schedule an appointment and get seen by whomever. One of the vets has seriously taken every last shred of my patience. That's the one who doesn't take my concerns seriously. The male vet has yet to steer me wrong, so I have started requesting him. He won't ignore my concern, but yeah, the other vet took one look at her vulva and goes "nah, she's probably just cleaning herself." Yeah right.
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You will not need to bring a sample to the vet. The vet should be able to get a sample directly from the bladder. The method is called cystocentesis and it's the prefered way of obtaining urine since it prevents contamination from outside sources.
Whenever I have a UTI, I've always just peed in a cup. I'll ask the vet if he prefers to take it directly from the bladder, but I'd opt for a sample taken by me, if given a choice.
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Ditto to the above but I'd also advise you to TRY to get an additional sample closer to the time of appointment if possible since refrigerating the morning sample could cause the formation of crystals-- and this could confuse results since crystals could be causing her symptoms as well (and then the question becomes whether the crystals are from the sample being in the fridge or if she in fact actually has crystals... ) Obviously keep the samples separate so you know which is the newest one...

BUT, the morning refrigerated sample is better than none so DEFINITELY get that as well...
Hmm I didn't think about that. I got the sample this morning, and I'll try to get another sometime this afternoon. But the morning is the only time she actually goes more than a teeny tiny bit. How much do you think the vet needs for the culture?
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