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How much does aspirating a pee sample cost?

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Corygal Thu 05-Nov-15 21:12:08

One of my fellow chazza volunteers, a slave to her Siamese, has just forked 99 quid for the pleasure of inflicting this on her baby, which took all of 10 seconds.

She is an OAP and wondering whether to change vets. Especially as the little cuddler has nowt wrong with her.

Mincepies76 Thu 05-Nov-15 22:36:45

I'm not sure what you mean, but I had to get a wee sample from my cat recently. The vet sold me some non absorbent cat litter for about £3. I had to clean out his litter tray, put in the other stuff and wait. It really works!!

Corygal Fri 06-Nov-15 18:33:36

I mean at the vet - how much would a vet charge would one know?

cozietoesie Fri 06-Nov-15 19:02:27

No idea, I'm afraid. I just use the old saucer under backside method which has always stood us in good stead. (With the exception of during his GA dental where they did a urine extraction to be going on with as he was out for the count already.)

BubsandMoo Fri 06-Nov-15 19:08:42

It's a professional skill to obtain the sample in a sterile manner (cystocentesis) - just because someone is skilled enough to do something quickly and efficiently doesn't mean it shouldn't be charged for. We charge about the same as obtaining a blood sample, and then the cost of the tests themselves & handling/courier fees as well.

Are you sure the cost wasn't the cysto + tests themselves? Depending on what tests requested that could easily be £100

Vinorosso74 Fri 06-Nov-15 19:10:23

The aspirate is them getting the pee directly from the bladder to test.
Ours had it done as part of a senior screen so blood and urine tests to check various things and cost £135 but our vet do that as an "offer" at MOT time. Was money well spent as it turned out! The

slicedfinger Fri 06-Nov-15 19:13:17

Our vet charged £100, and wanted us to have one every six months. We changed vets to one who has a more rational understanding of our aged cat's health.

Lonecatwithkitten Fri 06-Nov-15 19:28:50

So take of 20% VAT that's £82.50. Depending on lab tests were ordered there could be up to £60 of lab fees there so £22.50 for a professional to correctly palate and identify the correct organ and obtain a sample in a safe and sterile manner - cystocentesis takes skill it looks easy, but it is not.

BubsandMoo Fri 06-Nov-15 19:47:14

You're also paying for the vet's brain to interpret the results and recommend what action to take next, unless you just want a list of numbers smile!

cozietoesie Fri 06-Nov-15 19:50:20

Presumably, though, you would exercise a degree of discretion about when a sample testing was really needed Lone? It would be an awful lot of money - especially for someone on a set or resricted income - for an 'Oh - and just get me an X while we're at it.'

Lonecatwithkitten Fri 06-Nov-15 20:04:43

Cystocentesis is the best method of determining bacteria involved in cystitis ( no possible faecal contamination) and best method for obtaining protein:creatinine ratio for staging kidney problems. Very often with elderly cats you want to do both.
Six monthly I would say is over kill, but after repeat UTIs or staging kidney problems is very, very useful to determine treatment.

Lonecatwithkitten Fri 06-Nov-15 20:05:54

Just notice the nowt wrong with her. Can I ask why the cat was presented to the vet cory?

Corygal Fri 06-Nov-15 20:28:49

Because her elderly owner is, naturally, over cautious and thought the little kitty looked peaky.

Corygal Fri 06-Nov-15 20:30:28

She was charged 99 quid + VAt for the sample alone, not the tests or anything. Is that OTT?

cozietoesie Fri 06-Nov-15 20:33:14

Ah Yes - Siamese are very good at the dying duck in a thunderstorm routine - usually through a sidelong yet soulful look of the eyes.

Corygal Fri 06-Nov-15 20:36:23

Hmm, I suspected as much Cozie. What is worse is that Dreamies have been disallowed: her SIL told her they were bad for cats.

No wonder the tiny furry princess was a little droopy (when audience available). grin

Lonecatwithkitten Sat 07-Nov-15 09:36:06

Just for sampling and no tests £99+ VAT is excessive. If cat is teenage and of colour a urine sample maybe appropriate.

Corygal Sat 07-Nov-15 12:46:22

Thanks a million Lone I will pass that on. Thing is, neither she nor the kitty want to move vets, but equally she doesn't want a second mortgage either.

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