Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common disease in dogs and cats; however traditionally it has been diagnosed late in the disease process. Early diagnosis allows for earlier intervention leading to longer, healthier lives. Previous studies have found that 1 in 3 cats and 1 in 10 dogs are likely to develop kidney disease in their lifetime. The IDEXX SDMA Test is a new, more sensitive kidney function test that is helping veterinarians recognize kidney disease earlier in even more patients and is better at identifying disease progression than traditional diagnostic tests. •The prevalence of chronic kidney disease •The currently available diagnostic tests and how to use these tools more effectively •The International Renal Interest Society staging guidelines for chronic kidney disease •What SDMA is and the 3 key attributes of SDMA •What to do if chronic kidney disease is diagnosed early •Understand that the only therapy shown to improve survival and quality of life in both dogs and cats with chronic kidney disease is a therapeutic renal food •IRIS Staging •Look at nutrients of concern in managing a dog or cats with chronic renal disease