The Pulse Of Veterinary Medicine
Vet-To-Vet Conversation With IDEXX
Author archive: Celeste Clements, DVM, DACVIM
The IDEXX Microbiology Service uses innovative technologies that complement traditional laboratory bench methods to solve microbiology puzzles for IDEXX Reference Laboratories customers. Automated analyzers deliver accurate results quickly, hours or days faster than manual methods, saving valuable time. The proper antimicrobial treatments can begin as soon as possible, reducing illness and limiting the spread of infection, possibly even saving lives. Specialized veterinary testing and rapid reporting of microbiology results benefit patients—through better care, they likely have better outcomes.
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.