One in every three cats will develop kidney disease in their lifetime; in fact, it’s the #1 cause of death in cats over 10. What’s even scarier is that our feline friends rarely show any symptoms, and those signs are easy to miss when they do. Symptoms to watch for include:
- urinating outside the litterbox
- soaking the litterbox
- weight loss
- drinking more water
Sadly, by the time most cats show symptoms the disease is very advanced. That’s why diagnosing reduced kidney function early is so important. Briargate Boulevard Animal Hospital offers symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) testing, which is the most accurate marker available for detecting the development of kidney disease. Regular SDMA testing allows us to act sooner and slow the progression of the condition so your cat has the best chance at a long, healthy life. We can do this blood test right here in the hospital, so no waiting for results.
If you have questions about kidney disease or your pet is showing any of the symptoms above, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (719) 528-5557.