will my vet have diagnosed
chronic kidney disease in my cat?
There are a number of tests your vet may have undertaken in order to diagnose
chronic kidney disease in your cat. The two most common ones are a blood test
and a urine test, usually done at the same time.
A blood test reveals your cat’s kidney function, particularly looking for substances that can build up in the blood if the kidneys are not functioning properly.
The urine test will show if the urine is poorly concentrated, along with relevant clinical signs of chronic kidney disease.
Cats with chronic kidney disease also commonly have high blood pressure, so measuring your cat’s blood pressure is important.
Occasionally, your vet may suggest some further tests such as taking an x-ray, or performing an ultrasound examination of your cat’s abdomen.