The clinical presentation and diagnostic tools available to more reliably recognize dogs and cats with early kidney disease will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of differentiating acute or active kidney injury from chronic kidney disease. A step-by-step approach will be outlined on what should be done when kidney disease is diagnosed. The benefits to the patient of diagnosing kidney disease earlier and more reliably will also be discussed.

Discussion Topics:
  • To show why the IDEXX SDMA® Test is a more reliable indicator of kidney function than traditional diagnostics
  • To emphasize that clinical information and diagnostic results need to be evaluated together to determine if acute or active kidney injury (AKI) or chronic kidney disease (CKD) is present
  • To review what next steps should be taken when kidney disease is diagnosed
  • To review the International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) CKD guidelines
  • To highlight the benefits of diagnosing kidney disease earlier and more reliably