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Prep your practice with these trends and make 2017 your best year ever

With 2017 upon us, now is the time to make sure your practice is set up to deliver the best care and service to patients and clients alike. Here are six trends we see for 2017 and how you can act on them and position your practice to succeed.

Hyperthyroid cats: The IDEXX SDMA Test is a more reliable indicator of kidney function than creatinine

Hyperthyroidism is a disease seen primarily in older cats, in which kidney disease is also common.

The clinical challenge is that hyperthyroidism can mask the presence of kidney disease,1 and there has not been a reliable routine diagnostic test that can assess kidney function in cats affected by hyperthyroidism—until now.

9 reasons we know the pet-human bond is stronger than ever

The pet-human bond is alive and well. In fact, your clients are increasingly incorporating their four-legged loved ones into their lives. If you’re harboring any doubts, these 9 stats will help you believe.

SDMA update: 6 million pets benefited to date

In July 2015, IDEXX Reference Laboratories began including a new kidney function test, SDMA, on all routine chemistry panels in the U.S. at no additional cost. SDMA enables veterinarians to more reliably diagnose kidney disease in cats and dogs months or even years earlier than traditional methods. As you know, chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common, and 1 in 3 cats1 and 1 in 10 dogs2 will develop some form of kidney disease over their lifetimes.

Recent studies suggest kidney disease is even more common, and until now, it has been under-recognized.3,4 SDMA provides practitioners a tool to help identify kidney disease earlier and in more patients.

New research identifies FeLV/FIV test with best overall performance

More than 5 million cats across the U.S. are affected by feline leukemia virus (FeLV) or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), placing them at risk for disease and premature death.1 These are preventable, contagious retroviruses. Identifying and segregating infected cats is the key to controlling the spread of disease. As a result, positive cats are often euthanized based upon the results of a pet-side test.