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.

  • Emphasizing the importance of evaluating clinical information and diagnostic results together to determine if acute or active kidney injury (AKI) or chronic kidney disease (CKD) is present
  • Brief review of the IDEXX SDMAâ„¢ Test and why it is a more reliable indicator of kidney function than traditional diagnostics
  • In depth review of next steps to take when kidney disease is suspected
  • Review the IRIS CKD guidelines with application to a specific case being presented
  • Highlight the benefits of diagnosing kidney disease earlier and more reliably