Access Pet Wellness product review

November 29, 2013 | Comments Off

Access Pet Wellness (a.k.a. PawCheck) has created urine strips that are patented test devices specifically designed for home-use for both dogs & cats! The strip devices are for the detection of Urinary Tract Infection, Diabetes, and Kidney Failure. The method is non-invasive, pain-free, easy, and reliable. Test your pet at the first sign of a suspicious symptom or as preventive care, right in the comfort of your own home. All you need to do is collect a small amount of urine (about 2ml or a teaspoon) to run the test. It should be relatively fresh and tested within one hour. Information on how to use the test kits and run them – “Test Procedure In 4 Easy Steps” – can be found below. It’s very simple, and then you get your answers quickly. When it comes to my furbabies, I’m a crazy worrywart, so I really like the idea of having these tests handy when issues or perceived issues arise.

Here are some photos of the test kits we received from Access Pet Wellness:

Access Pet Wellness product review
Access Pet Wellness product review
Access Pet Wellness product review
Access Pet Wellness product review

Here’s a video where I take a closer look at the test kits from Access Pet Wellness:

Included in the package:
- 1 general wellness home test for dogs and cats
- 2 kidney failure home tests for dogs and cats
- 1 urinary tract infection home test for dogs and cats
- 1 diabetes urine test for home use for dogs and cats

Here is some information about how to run the tests from its website:

“Test Procedure In 4 Easy Steps”

1. Remove paw cap.

2. Dip exposed tip of device into pet urine for 10 seconds.

3. Place device on a flat surface for 2 minutes.

4. Compare color(s) of reagent pad(s) on strip to color block(s) on chart provided.

Here are photos & videos of the general wellness home test in which Spenser tested just fine:

Access Pet Wellness product review
Access Pet Wellness product review

We thought the results were kind of weird because he’s on so many meds for so many different things, but it’s just that none of those things are what this test kit tests for. Thus, it is a relief that we don’t have anything additional to worry about for him, especially since he’s about to turn sixteen!

Here are photos & videos of the urinary tract infection home test in which Eva tested high in one of the three items it checks for:

Access Pet Wellness product review
Access Pet Wellness product review

Eva has issues with UTIs and has to take Cosequin every three days for it for the rest of her life. Ugh. Whenever I think she may be using the litter boxes repeatedly back-to-back, I get nervous and watch her closer. Having this test around eases my mind considerably. One of the three items it tests for came back high, so we are going to show that to the mobile vet at their already-scheduled visit with them this coming week.

Here are photos & videos of the diabetes urine test for home use in which Sam tested positive for having issues:

Access Pet Wellness product review
Access Pet Wellness product review

Without this test, we probably wouldn’t be talking to the vet this early about what else we should be doing. We just wouldn’t have known to. Based on his size alone (he weighs 18-19 pounds), we already were putting him on the treadmill periodically. We had started implementing food changes because of his weight and because Pacey & Basia sadly both have kidney disease, so we were not allowing the cats to eat all day long whenever they wanted to anymore. With these results, our level of concern is now even higher. I am glad to know because I hate to think what could have happened otherwise.

Here are photos & videos of the kidney failure home test in which Sam tested negative:

Access Pet Wellness product review
Access Pet Wellness product review

We decided to test Sam for this too since I was worried based on what the kidney failure home test results were. Thankfully his results for this came back fine. Next year or in six months, though, he will definitely get a full blood panel done. I only did that for the senior cats this year when I obviously should have included him in them because of his weight. I feel like a terrible mother.

The verdict? I just love these tests, and I think that every dog & cat owner should have a stash of these handy. I like to think that I stay on top of their health issues pretty well, but without these tests, I just wouldn’t have known that I needed to consult with our mobile vet over two new concerns. So I’m quite obviously thrilled to have the knowledge that these tests afforded me. Both dogs & cats can be sick from the issues these tests check for without showing outward signs, particularly early on in the course of the disease. Catching a disease sooner can mean greater success in treating the disease. You can monitor their health & wellness or changes in their health & wellness from the comfort of your own home.

I want to briefly talk about urine collection. It was easy to get some from Spenser. All that was involved was sliding a plastic container under him when he squatted. He didn’t mind it at all. As for the cats, Access Pet Wellness provides non-absorbent litter with their kits. Since we just recently had litter box issues (I wrote about it not long ago), I didn’t want to press the issue too much. I put out two boxes with the non-absorbent litter near boxes with their regular litter for almost two weeks, but all they did was walk thru it. So we gathered their urine another way. It shoots out behind them in a stream, so we stood behind them and caught it in a bathroom dixie cup. We did that for two cats at two different times, and thankfully they both were just fine with our presence and with what we did.

If you purchase any of their products, please let me know what you think!

(Full disclosure – Access Pet Wellness provided these items to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. Thanks!)



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