Here’s something you probably don’t think about often: urine testing for you dog. But it’s actually something you should think about. Urine testing is key to your dog’s health. Not only does it help you catch chronic conditions early, it can help you identify diseases in rescue dogs. But it’s not always easy to get to the vet – that’s where Petnostics comes in.
Petnostics is an at-home urine test kit that lets you check your pet’s health from the comfort of your own home.
To begin, you’ll have to collect their urine (yes, you read that right). Don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it sounds!
There are several ways to collect urine, depending on your dog's habits. For larger dogs, the test cup can be held directly in the stream of urine, or the Petnostics urine collector can be used. You can find instructions on how to use the Petnostics urine collector here.
Small dog owners may have a more difficult time getting a sample. But, some small pet parents have successfully used Tupperware containers, Tupperware lids, trays made of foil, and even upside down Frisbees!
The next step is to test your pet’s urine using the Petnostics test cup. Just as veterinarians can gather valuable information about your pet’s health from their own urine sample, the Petnostics test cup can provide similar information for your dog – right from your living room.
The cup uses the same test strips that vets use in their clinics, and can identify early warning signs to prevent health issues from becoming worse. We recommend testing your pet 3-4 times a year.
So when would a veterinarian recommend a Petnostics test?
The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) 2007 study on Lyme disease in dogs recommends that dogs with a positive Lyme Snap test be evaluated for blood and protein in their urine – also known as proteinuria. Dog owners should know about tick control and public health concerns. And, the pup should be evaluated for co-infections. They should be checked every 3 - 6 months for proteinuria.
Diabetic cats and dogs are unable to use the sugar in their blood effectively because their body does not make enough insulin. To help remove this excess sugar, the body will allow sugar to flow into the urine and out the body.
Monitoring how much sugar is in the urine may help diabetic pet owners keep an eye on the needs of their diabetic pet between their regularly scheduled glucose curves and in-clinic checks.
That sugar is a tempting snack for bacteria, leaving diabetics at high risk for urinary tract infections. These infections can be difficult to detect in some dogs because the signs overlap with some of the behaviors commonly seen in diabetics - including frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased licking.
Housebreaking a new pet:
Housebreaking a puppy is hard work - housebreaking an adult rescue dog can be even harder. While there may be some setbacks along the way, house-training issues may actually be caused by a urinary tract disease rather than behavioral problems.
Urinary tract infections and bladder stones can cause pups to have accidents in the home or difficulty emptying their bladder all the way. In dogs with poorly established routines, it may be impossible to tell the difference without testing. A Petnostics kit is an easy way to assess what is going on so you can get your pup back on track in no time.
Who Will Benefit From Petnostics?
For many pet parents, getting to the vet’s office is either difficult to schedule or difficult to manage. At-home treatments are not only easy - they don’t require a trip to the vet.
For both human and pup parents, trips to the clinic are filled with frustration. Not only do you have to watch your four-legged friend, you always have to keep an eye on your two-legged one!
For frequent travelers, it’s not always easy to see the vet once or twice a year. At-home testing is the perfect alternative. You can still make sure your pup is healthy while out on the road.
Anxious dogs are prime candidates for at-home urine testing. Not only will they feel more at ease, you won’t have to completely traumatize them with a trip to the vet.
Ready to get started? Just use the urine test cup with the free Petnostics app to begin playing a more active role in your pet’s health. You can find more information and order your test here.