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I'm doing some research for a friend that has a rental where a man and his dog live. There's a distinct urine smell and stains in the bathroom around the toilet. The renter believes the toilet is leaking more likely it's the dog or the owner missing the toilet. It's there an easy test to determine who's urine is the cause?
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Hello, I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to help you with your question about dog urine vs. people urine. I'm so sorry you're friend is having this problem, but glad you're looking for the information you need. You may join the conversation at any time by typing in what you want to say then clicking REPLY or SEND. Then we can chat back and forth until you're satisfied with the information I've provided.

So I may know we're properly connected and that you understand how the website works (including that I'll need to earn your good rating in order to receive any compensation for helping you), please type in a short response below. You may rest assured you'll have my full attention and will receive a complete response once I know you're there.
Thank you.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I'm interested in a urine test.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jo, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Hi... glad you're there.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jo, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

I wanted to start by letting you know your question intrigues me. After being a veterinarian for more than 20 years and answering questions on this website for more than five, this is a unique question.

Rest assured I'm also a person who likes to think outside the box to solve a problem, and I also have a great understanding of the physical and chemical properties of urine. In other words, if anyone could tell the difference between human and dog urine, I'd be up to the job.

That being said, I cannot see a way to determine for certain if a given urine sample is from a dog or a person.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Do you have a test? I'd rather not talk on the phone if you do not.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jo, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

A more successful strategy might be to collect several urine samples from the dog for physical and chemical analysis (it will vary), and to do the same for the human.

Then look for similarities or a pattern between the person and the samples from the toilet, or the dog and the toilet.

That's kind of a long shot, though.

There is no commercial test or chemical marker that would clearly delineate the difference, though. You can rest assured of that.

Sorry about the phone call offer.... that's an automatic thing from the website.

I think the better solution to your friend's problem lies elsewhere.

Perhaps setting up a motion activated camera could rule in or out if the dog is the culprit. Of course, privacy issues are involved...

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jo, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Does this answer your question to your satisfaction tonight? I want to be as helpful as possible.

I wish there was a test; that would be an easy solution to your problem. Unfortunately, there is not.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jo, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Are you still there?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I'd pay for a test. Otherwise, thank you.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jo, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

I understand you're disappointed in my answer, but please remember you are rating the quality of information. If I told you there was test when there isn't, that would be a very bad service.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jo, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Instead, you now know without question that there is NOT such a test available. That is very useful information.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jo, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Or am I misunderstanding what you are saying...?

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jo, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

Are you still there? Is there anything else I can help you with tonight?

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Jo, Dog Veterinarian replied 1 year ago

I will OPT OUT now so your question will be available to other experts. I hope you are able to get the answers you are looking for.

Thank you.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Karing, Veterinarian replied 1 year ago
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Hi there,

There is no do it yourself test to determine if the urine came from a dog or not. However, UC Davis will perform a DNA test to see if the substance from around the toilet was produced by the dog: there are a small number of cells found in urine samples. They mention they have performed testing on urine from a tire as well as many other types of samples. They recommend you contact them before submitting samples so they can discuss the specifics. I expect they would want hair or a cheek swab from the dog to compare with the sample from around the toilet. The test is expensive at around $500.

There is more information on their website: http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/forensics/faq.php

I hope that the information I provided has been helpful. Please remember to select REPLY TO EXPERT if you have more questions or would like additional information. It is my goal to provide you with the most complete information possible prior to you leaving a feedback rating. If you received all the information you needed, then kindly submit a rating.

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Dog Veterinarian
9,704 satisfied customers
He has been licking his paws and I noticed on his back paw
He has been licking his paws and I noticed on his back paw one of the nails is gone and its very red. … read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
663 satisfied customers
My dog sprained his paw last night and can't walk on it. he
My dog sprained his paw last night and can't walk on it. he is 100 lb doberman so difficult to take him to vet … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,564 satisfied customers
My puppy is 6 pounds and accidently ate 300 mg of lithium
My puppy is 6 pounds and accidently ate 300 mg of lithium will he be fine? … read more
Dr. Beth
Dr. Beth
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
172 satisfied customers
My 7 lb poodle got stung, I think, by a bee on his foot. he
my 7 lb poodle got stung, I think, by a bee on his foot. he yelped and jumped off my bed, started limping. I found the bee, killed it , doesnt seem to be drowzy, wont let me look at his foot … read more
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dog Veterinarian
9,704 satisfied customers
She is a 2year old healthy 15 lb dog that has just eaten a
She is a 2year old healthy 15 lb dog that has just eaten a miniature size Kit Kat! … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,315 satisfied customers
She has a big sack on her stomach. A dog a maltees. Cutie is
Cutie is her name and I have had her over 18 years … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
8,564 satisfied customers
She is a small dog. Boston terrier beagle cross. She ate
She is a small dog. Boston terrier beagle cross. She ate about 6 slices of pizza and I can see her belly is extended. We were out for about 3 hours not sure when she ate it? … read more
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo
Dog Veterinarian
9,704 satisfied customers
My dog ate proin 50 tabs. came inside and she had gotten
my dog ate proin 50 tabs. came inside and she had gotten bottle off table. I thought there were only about 10 in, called vet who said if only ate 5 or so then should be ok. My husband came in hours la… read more
DocPaul
DocPaul
Doctoral Degree
663 satisfied customers
My Yorkshire Terrier appears to have consipation which is
My Yorkshire Terrier appears to have consipation which is causing her problems. What simple measures can I try to ease her problems? … read more
Dr. Deb
Dr. Deb
Associate Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
556 satisfied customers
My dog is throwing up and has diarrhea with strains of blood
My dog is throwing up and has diarrhea with strains of blood in it. :( … read more
Dr. Peter
Dr. Peter
Doctors Degree
14,315 satisfied customers
My dog has developed Summer itch and is continually
My dog has developed Summer itch and is continually scratching. I have given prednisone over 1 week with no obvious improvement. i have polaramine liquid and am wondering if it is safe to administer … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
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