American Association of Feline Practitioners

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Cats and Kidney Disease

Cats and Kidney Disease: How to Make the Most out of Early Diagnosis


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Kidney disease is common in cats, but it is typically diagnosed late when the disease is in an advanced state. This webinar will focus on early diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the impact that early diagnosis can have on patient management. The key attributes of the IDEXX SDMA Test will be discussed and an overview of how it has been incorporated into the International Renal Interest Society will be provided. A case presentation will highlight how SDMA can help diagnose, stage, and treat a cat with CKD.  

After participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Learn about chronic kidney disease (CKD) and how to diagnose early CKD
  • Know how to review International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) staging and treatment guidelines for chronic kidney disease
  • Learn how to discuss what SDMA (symmetric dimethylarginine) is and its 3 key attributes
  • Learn what steps to take when early kidney disease is suspected after observing a case presentation
  • Learn how to introduce the muscle condition scoring system and how it complements the body condition scoring system 

Speaker Bio

Jane Robertson, DVM, DACVIM

A graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, Dr. Robertson completed a medicine residency at the University of California, Davis, and became board certified in small-animal internal medicine in 1998. After practicing in a busy referral hospital, she joined IDEXX as an internal medicine consultant in 2000 and then was head of internal medicine for IDEXX for more than 10 years before moving to her new role as director of medical affairs. Dr. Robertson’s particular areas of medical interest include kidney disease, endocrinology, pancreatitis and the clinical utility of real-time PCR. 


RACE Credits 

This program 249-25728 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 1.00 CE Credits (1.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 1.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (1.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categorie(s) of: Scientific using the delivery method(s) of: Non-Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements.


Disclosure Statement

This webinar is sponsored by IDEXX. Speakers are expected to disclose conflict of interests whenever a conflict arises relating to the topics of this educational webinar.

Dr. Robertson is an employee of IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. and presents information on a diagnostic test offered by IDEXX.