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Old 11-17-2008, 12:01 PM
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Default Re: High BGs and Cushings test

Hi Jeri,

You may be asked by your veterinary surgeon to monitor your diabetic dog by regularly testing samples of its urine.

What you need

Clean containers for collecting urine.
Urine dipsticks provided by or recommended by your veterinary surgeon.
A place to record results.

Testing urine using urine dipsticks

Follow the instructions for the dipsticks you are using, particularly for the time to read the results.
Place the dipstick in the container with the urine and soak the test pads.
Remove the dipstick and tap dry.
Read the result after the time specified on the stick bottle (usually 1 minute).
Hold the stick against the chart on the dipstick container to compare colours.
Record the results including time of collection and times of insulin injections given for that day.

Collecting urine

Collect urine samples from your dog a few times a week at different times of day. The best times to collect urine are in the morning and afternoon before feeding and at night just before bedtime.
Take your dog out for a walk on a lead.
Have a clean container ready to catch urine when your dog urinates.

Urine testing Video. This show you how to use the test sticks, but they are using the glucose testing ones only--you want the ones that test for ketones also:

Ketostix section

Ketostix color codes--this is a ketones-only test strip.

Ketodiastix color codes--these test both glucose and ketones.

Since you blood test, you can get either the Ketostix that test ketones only or the Ketodiastix that test both glucose and ketones in urine. Tell the pharmacist what you need and he/she will be able to point you in the direction of them in the store.

"How to catch urine. Some people place the stix under their pet's stream when s/he is urinating. Others catch urine in a dedicated spoon, ladle, or other collection device and dip the stix into the urine."

"If you're performing a urine test at home, such as a taking glucose level for a diabetic dog, or if you need to collect urine at home to take into the veterinary clinic, you can do it without making a mess or upsetting your dog. Attach a light, thoroughly cleaned container, like an empty margarine tub or an old Styrofoam egg container, to the end of a yardstick. Keep your dog on a leash when you take him out, so he can't get too far away from you.

"When he starts to urinate, wait a second or two for impurities to be flushed out, then slip the container into the urine stream. Pour the urine into a clean jar that seals tightly. You don't need a whole lot of volume for most tests. Five to ten cubic centimeters (less than an eighth of a cup) will usually suffice."

Then you can follow the steps above with the sticks to test the urine.

Hope this helps!


Last edited by We Hope; 11-17-2008 at 12:29 PM. Reason: fixing missing link bracket
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