|Pledge to take your cat to the vet this month|
When was the last time you took your cat to the vet? You may think this is a foolish question, but statistics show that even though there are more cats owned than dogs in the United States, only a small number of cats are taken to the vet on a regular basis. Some research has shown that 83% of cats are taken to the vet the first year of ownership, but over half don't return. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has used the month of August to educate cat caregivers on the importance of routine check-ups. Not only are checkups important to get required vaccinations, but cats should be screened for possible diseases and health problems to help maintain health and longevity.
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Did you know that kidney disease is the leading cause for suffering and death in cats (like heart disease is for humans)? IDEXX SDMA™ is a breakthrough test that screens cats for kidney disease. This test can detect kidney disease months to years earlier and gives the cat parent and vet time to do something about it. If your cat receives the IDEXX SDMA screening test, kidney disease could be detected when much of the cat's kidney function is still intact.
|Truffle and Brulee share facts on kidney disease in cats|
Why is it so important to have your cats tested for kidney disease? One in three cats will develop kidney disease. There are no visible signs early on, which is why it's important to have your cat tested with a screening test, such as IDEXX SDMA. Cats tend to hide disease, even if it's advanced, so they can appear normal in the early stages of kidney disease. In later stages, symptoms often include increased thirst, frequent urination, and subtle weight loss. These symptoms can also be signs of other diseases and that's why it's so important to take your cat to the vet for annual checkups which include examinations, needed vaccinations, and other screening tests, such as the IDEXX SDMA test to help identify or rule out kidney disease.
|Truffle had an A+ examination at the vet|
Truffle went for her annual examination last week. She'd gained almost a pound, her temperature was normal, her teeth looked great, and the vet drew blood for baseline screening since Truffle turned 5 years old this summer. We're happy to report that Truffle's blood work results were pretty good. There were a couple of counts that were off a little bit, but the vet believes it's her summer allergies in her eyes. Brulee goes to the vet next month for her annual checkup and will have her baseline blood work performed also.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of IDEXX. The opinions and text are all mine.