Early, Specific & Proven
Kidney disease is one of the most common conditions seen in older dogs and cats, with very serious health consequences. In time, up to one in three cats and one in ten dogs will develop some form of renal disease.
Identifying disease sooner gives you more time to intervene and formulate a management protocol for each animal. Such early diagnosis is now available to all vets through a revolutionary new kidney function test: IDEXX SDMATM.
SDMA has been shown to be a more sensitive and specific biomarker of renal function compared to creatinine. Since the test was made available to practices across Australia, more than 50,000 tests have been run and veterinarians are now seeing more than 2X the amount of early kidney disease detected by creatinine alone*.
An SDMA result above 14ug/dL indicates reduced renal function. The use of IDEXX SDMATM as part of the minimum database permits the diagnosis of renal disease prior to the onset of clinic signs.
The importance of this has been the topic of recent studies and is now understood to deliver an opportunity to slow the progression of chronic kidney disease.
* Data on file at IDEXX Laboratories
This is what Dr Alicia Fagella, Emergency & Critical Care Specialist had to say:
"It makes sense to run SDMA on all patients, since it provides such an early indicator for disease. When an elevated SDMA result is observed in an apparently healthy animal, we see this as cause to investigate further and it has helped us improve as a hospital team in assessing the whole picture, for each patient."