Did you know kid­ney fail­ure is one of the top four causes of death in do­mes­tic cats? In fact, one in three cats will de­velop kid­ney dis­ease. It’s par­tic­u­larly com­mon in geri­atric cats—more than half of cats over age 15 are af­flicted.

Modern Cat - - Body & Soul -

The kid­neys are crit­i­cal or­gans in the body. Nor­mally, healthy happy kid­neys are adept at elim­i­nat­ing protein wastes, bal­anc­ing body water, salts, and acids, and pro­vid­ing cer­tain hor­mones for cal­cium, phos­pho­rus and red blood cell main­te­nance by pro­duc­ing high qual­ity urine. How­ever, as cats age, kid­ney dis­ease can strike and com­pro­mise these im­por­tant ac­tiv­i­ties. Catch­ing kid­ney dis­ease early can en­able cat own­ers and vet­eri­nar­i­ans to treat the dis­ease and al­low cats to live years longer than they oth­er­wise would.

There’s good news, though. A new test, SDMA, is now avail­able, which is ca­pa­ble of de­tect­ing kid­ney dis­ease much ear­lier. It’s the only test avail­able that can de­tect kid­ney func­tion loss ear­lier than the blood cre­a­ti­nine test. Once kid­ney dis­ease is iden­ti­fied, vets and pet own­ers can man­age the dis­ease through feed­ing kid­ney-friendly di­ets, in­creas­ing water in­take, and ad­min­is­ter­ing med­i­ca­tions and even flu­ids un­der the skin (cat own­ers can even do this them­selves at home once prop­erly trained!) Vet­eri­nary of­fices can have the test au­to­mat­i­cally added to all chem­istry pan­els they or­der so ev­ery cat can be eas­ily tested. Ask your vet if they have the SDMA test avail­able to screen your cat’s kid­ney func­tion. With this new test, kid­ney func­tion can now be tested as early on in your cat’s life as you’d like!

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