Urine Samples & How to Get Them From Your Pup


Getting urine samples isn’t the best table talk. However, many people don’t know how or why. I recently had to get a urine sample from Oreo for the first time. I thought “Oh no, this is going to be a big issue, with lots of training needed.” Luckily, my fearful dog was perfectly fine with it. The first thing I did when I realized Oreo had to get a urine sample was to explore advice on the internet.

Here is what I’ve found about different types of containers:

-Try using a container like a cleaned plastic container (such as a margarine container).

-Use a soup ladle and put the urine in a plastic bag.

-Use a small cup

-Ask your vet if they provide a container

-Use a saucer or small plate

-Use a coffee can

-Attach a long stick to a cup or container

-Use a jam jar

-Aluminum pie pan with a yard stick attached

There is an endless amount of creative examples. I went with the soup ladle and she didn’t seem to mind at all. I recommend getting the urine sample in the morning when the dog has lots of urine to get rid of! I also recommend wearing gloves.


There are many reasons your dog might need a urine sample. Most often dogs will tend to urinate often or will have trouble urinating and you will be asked to getthe urine sample. Urine samples can tell your vet lots of information about bladder issues, kidney problems, liver, pancreas, and other organs. In my case, we were checking the urine after getting over a UTI. We wanted to make sure it was gone. Vets check the color, cloudiness, and specific gravity of the sample. Additionally, they perform a chemical analysis. Sometimes they will do this at the vet office, while other times it will be sent away for further analysis. They will also sometimes examine heavier pieces of urine under the microscope. Never hesitate to get your dog the help he or she needs!