March is Kidney Health Awareness Month, and while many people are aware of the importance of kidney health for humans, it is also essential to remember that our furry friends can suffer from kidney disease as well. Kidney disease is a common problem in cats and dogs, and it is important to take steps to prevent and manage this condition.
How Can We Help?
One tool that can help with early detection of kidney disease in pets is Kidney-Chek. Kidney-Chek is a simple and convenient at-home saliva test that measures one key indicators of kidney function in cats and dogs: urea.
Urea is a waste product that is produced when the body breaks down proteins. Urea is one of the main components of urine, along with water and other waste products. The level of urea in the blood can be measured as a marker of kidney function, as the kidneys play a key role in filtering and excreting urea from the body. High levels of urea in the blood may indicate that the kidneys are not functioning properly, and can be a sign of kidney disease or other health problems.
What Can New Technology Do?
By measuring the levels of urea in the saliva, Kidney-Chek can provide important information about kidney function in pets and detect early signs of kidney damage. This information can be used to work with your veterinarian to develop a plan to manage kidney disease and prevent further damage.
Kidney-Chek is especially important for pets who are at risk of developing kidney disease, such as older pets or those with a family history of kidney disease. It is also important for pets who are taking medications that can be harmful to the kidneys, such as certain pain relievers and antibiotics.
In addition to using Kidney-Chek for early detection of kidney disease in pets, there are many other steps you can take to keep your pet's kidneys healthy.
Some of these include:
- Feeding a high-quality, balanced diet
- Providing fresh, clean water at all times
- Regular exercise
- Monitoring your pet's blood pressure
- Avoiding exposure to toxins and chemicals
- Regular veterinary check-ups
Kidney Health Awareness Month is an important reminder of the importance of kidney health in pets, and the need for early detection and prevention of kidney disease. By using tools like Kidney-Chek and making healthy choices for our furry friends, we can work to protect their kidneys and prevent kidney disease from progressing to a more serious stage.
If you are concerned about your pet's kidney health, make sure to reach out to our customer support to learn more about Kidney-Chek and its function.
You can get your own Kidney-Chek test here on our website! By working together, we can help to ensure that our pets enjoy longer, healthier lives.