Even the most caring and observant pet owners are sometimes taken by surprise to find out that their dog or cat has a serious illness — and that it may have been coming on for some time.
That’s why it is so great to see that more and more pet owners are practicing preventative medicine and being more proactive with their pet’s healthcare.
Knowing your pet’s “normal” baseline provides great information. Like us, dogs and cats can have their own “normal” that may vary somewhat from all the normal parameters on a home urine test. This could be due to a specific diet they are eating ( if the diet is higher in protein, you may find that a trace value for protein is their normal).
The baseline can also vary depending on a wide variety of pre-existing conditions or previous health problems the animal experienced. Any deviations from the baseline reading becomes very significant and provide important information to the observant pet owner! This is also information your veterinarian will want to be aware of as well.
A urinalysis test for pets checks for levels of specific chemicals in your pet’s urine.
Abnormal levels of certain chemicals can be a sign of specific illnesses.
To perform the test, you apply drops of your pet’s urine to a test strip and wait 30-60 seconds. The areas where you placed the urine will change color and an easy-to-read chart will let you know if there are abnormalities present.
This is an easy and inexpensive way to see if your animal is experiencing or potentially developing an illness in between veterinary visits as it can give indications of illness before there are any outward signs.
If your ThePetCheckup test indicates an imbalance your veterinarian will do further testing to give you a diagnosis. If detected early, 74.7% of common diseases in dogs and 63% of common diseases in cats can be prevented by dietary modifications alone over a one-year period.
Each of our sealed tests includes a dropper and a desiccant. That means you have everything you need (other than your dog or cat!) and a urine sample to do your test.
It is actually quite simple. Just place a drop on each of the 10 reagents and wait the appropriate number of seconds and compare with the results chart. You will feel super comfortable with it after your first test.
Right now we are shipping tests with an expiration date of 6/2014. The expiration dates have never been an issue since we are always shipping them with dates pretty far off into the future. We do recommend that you buy the 24-refill pack when you have more than one animal to test. Although some people like to do the tests more often, which of course is fine too…especially if there has been a recent health concern.
We got another wonderful testimonial for ThePetCheckup. It is so great to be helping so many people avoid serious urinary tract infections in their dogs and cats. Besides being a potentially serious health condition, they can sure cause their people alot of worry…not to mention cleanup!
I would LOVE to recommend this product!!! My 4 1/2 year old “Princess” has had horrible problems with urinary tract infections and crystal formations in the past.
Before I had heard of ThePetCheckup, I had to just wait until she showed signs of straining or had accidents in the house! Now that I regularly use ThePetCheckup, I can catch any irregularities before she shows signs of pain.
Thank you for giving me peace of mind with the ThePetCheckup!—T.U., Raleigh, NC
Each week we ship orders of ThePetCheckup to overseas customers and have found that the U.S. Postal Service has been the most reliable.
The biggest problem that we had was in a shipment to Brazil which actually took 3 months to get there. Our customer said that was the standard time and sure enough, at about the 3 month mark, her package was delivered.
I was thinking it would probably be best not to ship to Brazil again, but the customer likes the product so much, she has already ordered refills. She’s willing to wait for them to arrive, so it will be interesting to see how long her package takes this time.
People are often surprised when they learn the range of illnesses that a pet urinalysis test can indicate.
A urine test for dogs and cats can show indications of some of the most common illnesses that affect our dog’s and cat’s health, including: diabetes, kidney infection, kidney disease, urinary tract infection, bladder disease, autoimmune diseases, bacterial infections, hepatitis and other liver diseases, and prostate diseases.
Of course, there are many illnesses that are revealed through other methods of testing: heart conditions, tumors, skin diseases, arthritic conditions, and many cancers for example. No one test can test for everything that can happen with our pet’s health.
Still, a urinalysis test for dogs and cats is an important foundation of the yearly health checkup, so I always encourage people to have a urine test done at the veterinary clinic every 6 or 12 months (and, of course, use ThePetCheckup at home on a monthly basis!).
When I first had the idea about creating a product where people could perform a urine test on their dog or cat at home, I wondered how easy it would be for people with no medical background to do this test.
We ran focus groups, gave away lots of free tests and found that when people realized how valuable this tool could be for protecting the health of their dog or cat, they were very open to learning how to do it. And it really is true that after you have done one test, you will feel like a pro.
More and more I am finding that it is often the simplest solutions that are the most effective.