How to Give Your Pet a CheckUp Wellness Test at Home

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In our family of pets, there is a big difference between getting our dog to go to the vet vs. getting one of the cats to go to the vet. For Toby, the dog, he just LOVES riding in the car and he doesn’t even think about the actual destination. But the feline family members, as all you cat lovers know, do NOT enjoy those car rides. Even if I lied and told them we were going to a kitty amusement park filled with bugs and birds to chase and all the tuna you can eat, they would still avoid getting into the car.

And even though it’s easy to get Toby to agree to go to the vet, driving there isn’t an easy task for us because our vet is a 45-minute drive away. SO, I was happy when CheckUp™, from Coastline Global, asked to sponsor this conversation about how to give pets a CheckUp Wellness Test at home.

Lucky Cat Sitting

CheckUp Wellness Tests are a non-invasive, at home urine testing method that gives you immediate answers about your pet’s health without the need to wait for lab results. It is vet approved and ideal for most pets, especially those that are older or obese. It detects these potentially dangerous, common conditions:

  • High glucose levels
  • Kidney conditions
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Blood in the urine

CheckUp Wellness Test Dogs

The tests for cats and dogs vary from each other slightly in their collection methods, basically because dogs and cats don’t “go to the bathroom” in the same way. I tested using the CheckUp Dog Kit on Toby and it’s quite easy. It includes a telescopic pole with a detachable metal ring on the end that holds a disposable cup. So basically, you have an extra long extension of your arm to collect some urine when his dog goes about his regular business. Then, using the included pipette, you transfer urine to the vial in which you’ll dip a test strip. The test strip then changes color to give you results. The results chart is very straight forward and easy to read. There is also a lid for the vial, so it is easy to save and store the sample if requested by your vet.

CheckUp Wellness Test Cats

CheckUp for Cats varies in how the urine is collected. Instead of a cup, 2 pounds of hydrophobic litter are included in the kit, which should be placed in a clean empty litter box. After the cat uses the box, the urine will collect in little pools on top of the sand. From that point, the test continues as with the dog test above. Using the cat test will be a bit more tricky for me because our cats share litter boxes and I never quite know when they are going to go, but it will still be much, much easier than getting them to the vet for a test.

Checkup Wellness Test Cats Box

While I know that CheckUp Wellness Tests won’t be a substitute for all visits, I am happy to know that I have an option for giving them regular check-ups at home, enabling me to to catch any problems before it becomes too late.

CheckUp Wellness Testsretail for $14.99 and can be purchased at and through select websites and retail stores nationwide.

CheckUp Pet Wellness Test

Reader Giveaway: Three (3) lucky Thrifty Jinxy readers will each win a CheckUp Wellness Test for their choice of either a cat or a dog. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 7/7/16. Good luck!

CheckUp Pet Wellness Test Giveaway

About Chrysa

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  1. Jessica miller says:

    I love this. that you can do a check up at home. I would love to have this.

    • Kristina Potter says:

      Its not expensive!!! Plus its nice to give them there check ups at home instead of having to pay check up fees for every visit!!

  2. It’s great that I can do a check up for my dogs and cat at home. Our vet is an hour away, so when we have questions or issues we text/call her to see if we need to come in. This kit will help a lot for their annual check up.

  3. Love how this can make our lives easier with vet visits with our animals. One likes going in the car, but with the other two, it is a battle getting them in the car to go. We need to get some of these kits.

  4. Checkups at home are a brilliant idea. I can only imagine how helpful this is for so many!

  5. What a great way to do this at home! I love this idea, taking the pets to the vet can be crazy to at times.

  6. Jenna Wood says:

    I saw this or something identical on Shark Tank and think it’s genius- I love how affordable it is, though the collection method would be dubious for me.

  7. Checkups at home are a brilliant idea This will be very helpful to pet owners

  8. Austin Baroudi says:

    I like that you can use it in the comfort of your one and I have a little hot dog named Molly!

  9. Jill Jackson says:

    I like being able to check for things that are common and a have underlying bigger issues in a calm environment

  10. Alison Gibb says:

    I never knew there was a at home medical test for kitties. I think this is wonderful. I have 4 kitties but one of them concerns me. She is older and overweight. I would love to try this test!!

  11. Kyli Wolfson says:

    I absolutely love this concept – being able to take care of my do at home by myself makes me feel secure. Plus, it definitely saves money!

  12. this is a great money saver and the fact that you dont have to go to the vet wow!!!! and to not have to waste your time going to the vet waiting , and then etc etc great idea

  13. I’m interested to learn about this and use it in addition to vet visits. Our pets deserve the best medical care

  14. Linda Bradshaw says:

    I have 4 cats. This would be great. I did not know that cats do not let you know when they are in pain because it draws predators. I have never thought about that but it is true because my “Simba” had a bad infections and did not let us know.

  15. Richard Hicks says:

    I like that it is easy to use and non invasive

  16. joe gersch says:

    I like that I can do it at home

  17. Belinda says:

    This is such a neat idea! Life can get crazy sometimes so I love that this would allow us to check up on our pets’s health at home. It would be great for our two dogs and 2 cats 🙂

  18. It would not hurt to use this on my cat and make sure that he is healthy.

  19. Erica B. says:

    My furry friend is a rescue mixed breed dog.

  20. Denise S says:

    I like that it saves money compared to visiting an expensive vet.

  21. susan smoaks says:

    this is amazing. it is so hard for me to get to the vet sometimes.

  22. Lisa V. says:

    I like how easy they make it to read the result.

  23. Leanne Godfrey says:

    I like that it’s a 60-second test! Wow! This looks like an amazing product! I am a fur mom to 4 Great Pyrenees doggies!

  24. Danielle Weidknecht says:

    I like how it is a fast test and is stress free on the pet!

  25. Amy Deeter says:

    This would be great for my cat Fluffy. He is sick right now and i can’t afford a vet bill.Been saving for him.This would help till i can get him in the vet

  26. Angela Amenta says:

    Stress free and affordable. I’d use it.

  27. marshall athey says:

    This would be great to have, my pug Onyx hates to have anything done to him especially at the vet

  28. Katherine Riley says:

    We have 5 cats – Peanut, Libby, Swerve, and Monster. Peanut is the oldest and hates going to the vet.

  29. Angela Winesburg says:

    What a great way to do this at home

  30. krystal wethington says:

    I like that I can do this test at home instead of going to the vet just for a check up.

  31. Lisa Vanhook says:

    We have 2 dogs and would love to win this..

  32. Lily Kwan says:

    I like that this test is vet approved.

  33. This would be a nice kit to have to do a check up on my dog. I’d like to try and catch things early if she’s having a problem.

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