A new partnership, claimed to be unique in the retail pet care industry, enables dog owners to have a free online veterinary consultation with the purchase of a urine test kit.
Trecento Diagnostics has joined forces with veterinary telehealth company PocketVet to offer the consultation with purchases of Trecento’s HygieCatch Urine Collection & Testing Kits. The ‘vet in a box’ proposition allows dog owners to collect a canine urine sample, carry out a urinalysis test and have the support of a vet as a single consumer offer.
HygieCatch’s urine collection device uses a specially-formulated scent that attracts dogs and encourages them to urinate on the device. The urine is then funnelled into a sterile cup, ready for testing. Each kit includes a collection device, collection cup, screw-top transport container, gloves, results card, urinalysis test strips, instructions and a best practice leaflet.
The test strips can help detect common health issues such as urinary tract infections, diabetes, kidney conditions, liver problems and dietary issues. HygieCatch works for both male and female dogs and comes in three different sizes – Small, Medium and Large – with a RRP of £14.99.
PocketVet staff are available seven days a week, and are accessible via smartphones, desktop or tablet devices.
PocketVet co-founder Becky Soiza said: “We are proud to be working with Trecento Diagnostics on the Hygiecatch product, with the aim to improve the health and wellbeing of dogs. As a dog owner, I appreciate that getting a urine sample can be difficult, plus the stress caused by subsequent vet visits. Hygiecatch and PocketVet’s partnership is the solution to this issue.”
Trecento Diagnostics chief executive Mark Pinder added: “PocketVet is a great service and, in partnership with HygieCatch, will transform pet care, making veterinary support more accessible.”
Trecento Diagnostics and PocketVet are working on a similar patented urine collection and testing kit for cats called HygieCat to be launched in late summer 2022.