Non-Invasive Collection of Urine Samples Transform Pet Urinalysis | CheckUp Kit

Animal Innovations Show - Episode 110 - CheckUp Kit

Non-Invasive Collection of Urine Samples Transform Pet Urinalysis | CheckUp Kit

Did you know that there’s now a simpler way to collect your dog’s or cat’s urine samples?

Simply check out CheckUp Kit!

CheckUp is a brand from Coastline Global that strives to promote the highest standards of animal welfare.

According to Alon Rosenberg, who started the company in 2010,

CheckUp Kit is a very innovative and disruptive product that keeps changing the industry and has already affected three different industries in the animal and health industry.”

Getting Started With CheckUp Kit

starting checkup kit

Born and raised in Israel, Alon started CheckUp Kit after his experience as a manager in one of the companies he worked for before resulted in him knowing about the struggles in taking pets’ urine samples.

“One of the products that we developed was hydrophobic sand, which is basically sand that repels water… There was a lot of alley cats [where we developed the product], so I always fed them… The cats always urinated on the sand that we use…”

Since it was cats’ instinct to urinate on dry, desert-like surfaces, Alon and his colleagues at the time didn’t think much of it. One day, however, he noticed blood in one of the cat’s urine.

Worried for the feline’s well-being, Alon brought the cat to a vet.

“I wanted this vet to check why the cat had blood in the urine. When the vet arrived and saw the urine, he explained to me that it’s extremely difficult to collect urine samples from cat.”

Because cats urinate on cat litter, Alon was told that the only methods to collect urine samples are invasive methods.

In fact, the most common practice was one where the vet has to use a needle and an ultrasound to extract the urine directly from the cat’s bladder.

“The techniques are invasive, definitely not cat-friendly. So, the vet suggested that we will see if our sand can act as a liter for urine sample collection.”

This led Alon and his team to send the sand for a validation study.

It took almost eight months since they had to consider cats with different conditions, but it was well worth it.

“After eight months, we learned that our sand is actually the perfect litter for your ensemble collections, both for felines, exotic animals, and laboratory mice. And that was the birth of Coastline Global.”

CheckUp Kit and Coast Globals Product Lines

checkup kit product lines

With a goal to transform the urinalysis experience, Alon and his CheckUp  brand team develop products that facilitate the noninvasive collection of urine samples from animals for urinalysis. Their products are all pet-friendly, nontoxic, and easy to use:

  1. The Full CheckUp provides a quick and reliable testing method to observe the general wellness of your cat through at-home urine testing. It also detects levels of glucose, protein, pH, and blood in the urine.
  2. CheckUp Kit4Cat Litter is a patented hydrophobic litter made from natural sand that keeps cat urine on top, enabling stress-free urine sample collection from cats. Kit4Cat eliminates the need for invasive procedures.
  3. CheckUp for dogs provides a quick and reliable testing method to observe the general wellness of your dog through at-home urine testing. It also detects levels of glucose, protein, pH, and blood in the urine.
  4. The P-Pole allows dog owners to easily collect urine samples while taking their dogs on a regular walk. You can use it together with additional diagnostic testing strips.

 

 

Learn more about CheckUp Kit!

Visit their website at https://checkupkit.com/.

Have suggestions for who we should interview next?

Send us a message at [email protected]!

Alon: I’m Alon Rosenberg, and you’re tuned in to The Animal Innovations Show.

Chris: Why don’t you, first of all, remind us again who you are and how you’re innovating and helping animals?

Alon: Now, we are here to talk about the CheckUp brand. It’s manufactured by Coastline Global.

As you are about to hear, I think the CheckUp brand definitely fits the innovation part in your Animal Innovations Show. It’s very innovative and disruptive product that keeps changing the industry.

But it’s already affected three different industries in the animal health industry. And I’m sure your audience will find it very interesting.

Chris: Tell us more about what you’re doing.

Alon: One of the products that we develop was hydrophobic sand. It’s basically sand that repels water. If water try to go through the sand, they will stay on top of it.

And that leads me to the CheckUp kit. So, basically, a veterinarian will get a bag of sand like the one, I sent to you, and they can either collect the sample in their clinic or provide it for the pet owner to collect a sample and bring it back to the clinic.

And unfortunately, there are a lot of cats, mostly in the US with a chronic condition. Cats, they don’t drink enough. They are not active enough. They are mostly on your couch eating dry food.

And this causes a lot of kidney conditions, urinary tract infection, and diabetes. Another big challenge is, pet owners—especially cat owners, but pet owners in general, they don’t take their cat to the vet as much as they need.

So, a dog, it’s easier to take to the vet. But a cat, you need to put the cat in a cage—and then in the car, the cat can freak out.

It’s not an easy— like take the dog, put it in the back of the car and just drive it to the vet. Another problem is that cats hide the fact that they are sick. When you see signs of sickness, it’s usually too late.

So, if you want to catch a condition before it becomes a chronic condition, early detection is the key. But you don’t take the cat to the vet and the cat hides the fact that they are sick.

So, most of the pet owners will not catch those issues in time. And the idea was to make an at-home urinalysis kit that will help pet owners be aware of issues in their cats.

Identify the most important parameters. There are four parameters that are in our kits, glucose, which is indication for diabetes, protein for kidney condition, blood in the urine, and pH.

This will give you indications of urinary tract infection, crystals, and many other abnormal conditions.

So, you don’t even need to take the cat to the vet. You can just bring the sample and the vet can run a full urinalysis and then can either give you treatment or ask to see the cat.

But in any event, you will save a lot of efforts and money by providing the sample to the vet. Also, the same need—you have the same need for dog owners as well.

It’s not as challenging to collect the urine sample, but there was no good tool for the urinalysis, as well.

So, we developed the P-pole. The P-pole is a telescopic pole with a disposable cup at the end. And the idea is when you walk with your dog, when the dog starts urinating, you use this telescopic pole and the cup to very easily collect the urine sample.

It’s the same 30-second four-parameter test. And again, you have the same vibe. 

Chris: So, you can provide the sample to the vet for further analysis. I can tell you the number of times I’ve been covered in pee, right?

You’re trying to catch the urine from the dog and they’re watching you like, what are you trying to do?

And it seems like something so simple, just a telescopic pole, like you said, with a cup and makes it really easy to just catch the urine.

And then, you’ve got the testing strips right there.

Alon: The P-pole is actually a great success. And dog owners love to use this, and it’s reusable. So, you buy the kit, the pole is reusable, and any six-ounce disposable cup will fit the ring of the pole.

Chris: I think it’s really cool. It starts out with something so simple, but it’s not really simple. I mean, you guys developed sand, as you said, retain the water, and just by chance.

So, I love the fact that you developed this full line of products, just helped me to do something like you said that the vets are going to do, right.

They’re doing these tests to determine what’s wrong with my animal in the first place.

Alon: And Chris, it’s very important to explain that this is in any way not an alternative for the vet. This will work with the veterinarians.

It helps—first of all, to follow up on treatment. So, you want to make sure that this treatment is efficient.

You do a CheckUp test on your cat, and if the results are positive, you can come back to the vet and get a different treatment, et cetera.

Chris: Yeah, that’s a really good point. It’s not a replacement.

But as you said, every time I take any animals be that dog or cat, this makes it so easy. Like you said, I can just literally replace the litter, throw the sand down there and then I get the pipe out and I can reuse the sand, right.

I can put the sand back in the bag and wait for the next time. It’s not like it’s completely dirty.

Alon: The sand, because it’s so hydrophobic.

If you will press a paper towel against it, it will eliminate the sample. And yes, you can definitely reuse it a few times.

A lot of pet owners have a separate litter box with our sand and whenever they need to collect a sample, they just change the litter box.

Chris: So, Alon, I got to ask you, what are you going to come up with next?

You have all these great ideas that are solving, real big problems for people, for animals. You must have some other ideas that’s coming out next.

Alon: So, we are working with other companies that have different technologies that are currently being used for humans.

We are trying to bring this and make the needed changes to make it work for pets. That’s the vision of Coastline.

Chris: So, where— if people want to order it, obviously they can find it on Amazon, CheckUp Kit, but maybe tell them the website and how they can get their hands on this to check it out.

Alon: So, as I mentioned, first of all, Chewy and Amazon will be the easiest place. Just write— CheckUp Kit or even Kit for cat.

Our website is CHECKUPKIT.COM

Chris: Is there anything else you want to mention before I wrap up the show?

Alon: No, I think we covered everything.

Again, it’s always a pleasure speaking with you, Chris, and I hope this information helps your audience.

Chris: Thank you again, Alon.

And I always love to remind our viewers and listeners, I mean, this is where innovation comes from, right?

So, it comes from ideas that come from things you see. So, if you’ve got an innovative idea for a product, a service or just an idea that hasn’t really formed yet, we’d love to talk about it, give you some feedback.

So, come on the show, just go to INNOVATIONS.SHOW and we’d be glad to have you on.

And of course, I always tell people, remember, go sign up for Doobert, right?

We love to have more Dooberteers, more volunteers help those rescue and rescue and shelter animals to get where they’re trying to go.

So, DOOBERT.COM, sign up. Be a Dooberteer and Alon I’m waiting now for that third time you’re going to be coming back.

So, thank you again for coming on. I really enjoyed it and really excited to see where this goes.

Alon: Thank you, thank you so much, Chris.

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