Chronic kidney disease as well as the early detection in the creatinine blind zone is still a big issue in small animal practice. The protein-creatinine ratio indicates the increased excretion of protein before the creatinine retention. A new parameter, SDMA (symmetric dimethylarginine), originates from the degradation of muscle cells and is excreted exclusively via the kidneys. SDMA is supposed to detect the early stages of renal dysfunction reliably and with low interference. Newer publications reported a significant inverse correlation between the glomerular filtration rate and SDMA in cats. We recommend the SDMA test in cases where an early-stage renal dysfunction is supposed.
Species: dogs and cats (for now)
Sample material: serum (LiHep plasma) (0.5 ml)