Increased SDMA is a kidney distress call, and veterinarians know exactly where it’s coming from – the kidneys. More technically, SDMA (symmetric dimethylarginine) is a form of amino acid, released into your pet’s circulation during protein degradation, and it’s excreted by the kidneys.3 SDMA increases sooner than previously standard methods of detection (creatinine during your pet’s routine blood work).3 In fact, studies show:
- In cats, IDEXX SDMA increased an average of 17 months earlier than creatinine2
- In dogs, SDMA increased an average of 9.5 months earlier4
- On average, SDMA detects chronic kidney disease with only a 40% loss of function instead of 75% loss, but it can detect problems even sooner than that2
- SDMA testing is not affected by lean muscle mass, a common problem with the creatinine method of detection because pets with chronic kidney disease have often lost weight and muscle3
Help your pet stay as healthy as possible, as long as possible.
Ask your veterinarian about the new IDEXX SDMA test for your pet at his next checkup.