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Petnostics – If you could check your pet’s health at home, would you?

Urinalysis cup & free app detects pet health issues

Note: This is a sponsored post.

Petnostics is an affordable product that allows dog and cat owners to monitor their pets’ health at home between vet visits.

It’s easy. You simply collect a urine sample using the $10 Petnostics urinalysis cup, screw the lid on and scan it using the free Petnostics app on your iPhone (also coming soon for Android users!).

It’s a way to potentially save your pet’s life by catching a disease or issue early on, even before symptoms appear, according to

My dog and two cats are seniors, so I was especially interested in the opportunity to try the product with them. I received a free sample for each pet. I tested my dog Ace and my cat Beamer. Both came back as “healthy.”

You may think it’s difficult to collect urine from a cat, but I just used a spoon for Beamer, as suggested here. He could’ve cared less. My second cat, Scout, is another story (you’re doing what with that spoon?!) so I haven’t tested him yet. The company recommends hydrophobic litter, which is designed to keep the urine above the litter so you can collect it easily.

Petnostics is an app for the iPhone or iPad that allows you to check a dog or cat's health from home

More about the Petnostics app

Petnostics screen shot showing the dog or cat is healthy
Petnostics is the first product released from Scanostics, which was founded in 2013 by Stephen Chen.

According to Chen, the company will determine if your dog or cat potentially has any number of common ailments or diseases such as:

  • diabetes
  • dehydration
  • a kidney stone
  • a urinary tract infection

He said Petnostics is meant to be used as a supplement to regular vet visits so any possible issues can be detected earlier and therefore treated at an earlier stage.

“Catching and treating an issue earlier on not only leads to better health outcomes, but it’s also cheaper in terms of veterinary costs,” he said.

Since the Petnostics urinalysis cup is just $10, I like the idea of checking my pets every six months or so. Perhaps Petnostics could even offer some sort of subscription program where the test automatically arrives in the mail regularly. According to its web site, it recommends pet owners check their pets monthly.

How Petnostics works

Petnostics app logo
The patented, urine-collection cup has colorimetric chemical strips on the lid that change colors when used, according to Once a sample is collected (wear the glove!), you screw the lid on, flip over the cup and then return it to upright position. Once you launch the app, it asks you to wait 60 seconds, and then scan.

I tried the app on both the iPad and iPhone, and it worked so much better on the iPhone. I couldn’t get it to scan properly on the iPad because my hands were too shaky.

What does the app check?

The Petnostics app checks the following parameters, according to Chen:

leukocytes, nitrite, urobilinogen, protein, pH, blood, specific gravity, ketone, bilirubin and glucose.

From those parameters, Petnostics can determine if a pet potentially has certain diseases or ailments, he said. Results are shown instantly.

“Petnostics is a proactive way to practice preventative healthcare with your pets by identifying possible issues earlier on,” Chen said.

Some of the benefits to Petnostics:

Petnostics app screens on iPhone
It will encourage some pet owners to take pets to the vet more often.

2. It can identify early warning signs of potential diseases and save you money overall.

3. It’s less expensive than a urinalysis at the vet (this will cost you a minimum of $50, especially when you factor in the exam fee, etc.)

4. Less stress for the pet.

How you can win a free Petnostics cup to test your pet’s health

*The winners have been notified.

We’re giving away a free urinalysis cup to two readers of

There are two opportunities to win:

Opportunity #1: Leave a comment on this post saying why you’d like to try the product for your dog or cat. I’ll choose one winner at random on Friday. *Congrats, Rebekah!

Opportunity #2: All newsletter subscribers will have a separate opportunity to win. You can subscribe to my weekly newsletter below by entering your email address. *Congrats to Kristi and Luca!

What do you think about the Petnostics app? Is this something you would use for your pets?

Petnostics urinalysis cup and my dog Ace


Tuesday 27th of May 2014

This sounds like a very interesting and helpful aide to dog and cat owners.

Are there any plans on releasing a Windows Phone app?

I would still like to be considered for the draw if possible please (as long as it is open to readers from the UK) as this would be perfect for one of my neighbours to test with their elderly dog.


Wednesday 2nd of July 2014

Thanks for the nice words! Currently, we have no plans for a Windows Phone version, but if there's enough interest, we might be able to add this version to the list.


Sunday 8th of June 2014

Yeah Nick. Same question. Any plan for Windows phone??


Tuesday 27th of May 2014

Did you pick a winner yet? because I so could use this for my kitty Jack and his urinary issue..

Lindsay Stordahl

Tuesday 27th of May 2014

I chose the blog winner last Friday, but you still have a chance to win through my newsletter. My newsletter goes out in an hour (5 p.m. Pacific), and you can sign up below.

Also, if you are interested in ordering one, they are $10 at

Jana Rade

Wednesday 21st of May 2014

I would most definitely love to try this.


Wednesday 21st of May 2014

I would love to win this just for the urinary tract infection test alone. My vet isn't close by so the trip just to drop off a urine sample along with the cost to test it can become expensive and time consuming.

Ann Staub

Wednesday 21st of May 2014

This is cool! I wonder if it would work for an android? Either way, as long as I can just look at a color map it doesn't matter. I can do it the old school way like at the vet clinic. We sent people home with plastic litter for cats but haven't seen the hydrophobic litter before.


Wednesday 21st of May 2014

The Android version is currently in the works! It's not quite ready yet, but we hope to have it done sometime in the next few months. As for the hydrophobic cat litter, it's quite cool how it works!

Let us know if you have any other comments!