The Pulse Of Veterinary Medicine
Vet-To-Vet Conversation With IDEXX
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.
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.
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.