Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Monitor Your Older Cat for Kidney Disease

From the Winn Feline Foundation Blog:

Monday, August 17, 2009

Predictors of Feline Kidney Disease

Jepson, R. E., D. Brodbelt, et al. (2009). "Evaluation of predictors of the development of azotemia in cats." J Vet Intern Med 23(4): 806-13.

"Chronic kidney disease (CKD) often afflicts geriatric cats, with prevalence rates of 15% reported. ... The authors concluded that measurement of protein in the urine is an inexpensive and easy way to monitor aging cats for development of CKD."

Aksum Notes:
If you want to catch the onset of kidney disease early and be able to control it possibly with diet alone, the cheapest and most reliable way to do that is to have your cat tested for the amount of protein in their urine once or twice a year, starting at about eight to ten years old. It's just as reliable and a whole lot less expensive than the full blood and urine panels that are usually suggested.

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