Early Detection is Key
There’s a strong possibility that your cat will eventually need treatment or management of kidney disease: it’s the #1 cause of death in cats over 10, and it’s estimated that more than half of cats over age 15 have reduced kidney function.
What’s even scarier is that our feline friends rarely show any symptoms, and they’re easy to miss when they do. Symptoms you can be on the lookout 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. Shinnecock Animal Hospital offers symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA) testing for both cats and dogs, which is the most accurate marker available for detecting the development of kidney disease. Regular SDMA testing allows us to take action sooner and slow the progression of the condition, allowing your cat the best chance at a long, healthy life.
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 (631) 887-3501.