Early Renal Damage

Meowllo evewypawdy, we hope you had a wunnewful Easter weekend. Mommy took most of da day off yesfurday to spend wiff Lexi and me. Weez even got a little supwise fur ya’ later on. Now ifin yous member weez joined up wiff da Bloggin’ A to Z challenge fur this mumff and we left off wiff da letter D fur me. So dat means today is E’s day. And we told ya’ we wuld be writin’ ‘bout da test dat da doctow used to diagnose sis Lexi’s kidney disease. Ifin yous missed ow udder posties on Kidney disease yous can wead them here at The 3 A’s and B is fur…. So wiffout further adieu let’s get this show, or post on da road as they say. 

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Heska E.R.D. – Health Screen Feline Urine Test is a tool that can be used to help diagnose Kidney disease in not only cats, but there are also tests for canines and humans. It is a rapid immunoassay that detects low levels of albumin in the urine. It is specific and easy to use, and only takes about 5 – 10 minutes and requires only a small amount of urine. It is intended to be done in house for quick results. It is said to be able to detect the lowest levels of microalbuminuria in the urine, thus resulting in diagnosing at approximately 25 % of kidney function loss. Early detection, means longer life possibility and more management opportunities.

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Kidney Disease is the number 2 cause of death in pet cats. And in the past it’s detection went undiagnosed until symptoms started appearing. A few of those symptoms are prolific drinking, and therefore an increase in urination, weight loss, reduction of appetite and bad breath. By the time symptoms appear typically kidney function has been decreased by 65 % in canines and 75 % in felines. At which point the assumption is the condition can’t be reversed, only managed as it progresses. So early detection could mean reversal and prolonged life for your cat or dog. 

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While the Heska E.R.D. is a wonderful tool used in the early detection of albumin in the urine, it is important to remember that there are other causes for those results and further testing should be done to confirm the proper diagnosis. Again you can read our previous posts by clicking the links above for more information on the importance of other testing and types. It is important to know that the method of urine collection can have an effect on the outcome of results. Urine can become contaminated very easily therefore the preferred method of collection is through Cystocentesis. This is where a doctor inserts a small needle through the skin and into the bladder to withdraw the sample. As horrible as it sounds there is little to no pain associated with this method and can be done quickly without anesthesia.

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So Lexi has now had a general urinalysis that led to the E.R.D. where she was diagnosed with Kidney disease. We believe the fact that she was 15 led our VET make that diagnosis without further testing. And altho’ he was correct, we do think it was a bit unprofessional because the presence of albumin in the urine can also be caused by inflammatory, infectious or metabolic diseases. Further testing is and was required to properly diagnose and formulate a plan of treatment.  So early detection of albumin in the urine is a great step in feline medicine and a great tool for early detection of a deadly disease. Just remember further testing is always a good idea. If there are underlying problems such as diabetes, IBD, dental disease, etc., the E.R.D. should be repeated 4 weeks after treatment to determine if albumin is still present.  

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Well we hope we shed a little mowe light on da scawy subject of Kidney disease. And now fur da supwise we purromissed. And we hope you enjoyed da fotos featurin’ sissy today. Ain’t she just bootyful? While playin’ yesfurday mommy wuz able to get a little video of sis Lexi havin’ a good time. She’s fixin’ to be 16 years old da 29ff of this mumff, and meez gotta tell ya’, meez sissy…she’s still got it. Fanks fur all yous luv and supppowt and purrayers. Kidney disease or no, meez sissy is da bestest!!!

Ifin you can’t see da video, purrlease click here.

Till da next time……………………………………..Be Blest!!!


Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 


Dezi and Lexi







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My name is Deztinee. I am a Ragdoll. I was born 11/1/2009. I am a service cat along with my sisfur RaenaBelle, also a Ragdoll, for our disabled human mommy. My sisfur Raena was born 4/21/2016. In March of 2016, mommy and I had to say goodbye to my mentor Alexandra (Lexi), a black tabby born 4/29/1999. This blog is about our daily life from the kitty's point of view. We were both rescued from bad situations and our mommy raised us and trained us to be service cats. I want this blog to be interactive and get to know all of you, so comment and visit often. I will also offer advice, training tips and education when possible. Copyright © 2014 - 2020 {Audra High via Deztinee High and RaenaBelle High} All Rights Reserved All personal content (story's, poetry, etc., videos and music) are the property of the human behind Deziz World, and may not be used, copied or otherwise re-published without prior written permission/consent from the author (A. High-the human behind Deziz World). We have an amazon.com wish list and a PayPal account if you would like to help/donate to us.

Posted on April 6, 2015, in Blog Hops, Educational, Human Speak and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. Great info Dezi – thanks for sharing.

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  2. Judy & C.A.T.S

    Thanks for telling us about this Dezi. We agree that early detection of renal problems is very important. Love, Cali, Andy, Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S.)

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  3. MrJackFreckles/Pipo & Minko

    Lexi, you sure can catch that moving temptation easily!!

    Thanks fur the good informative posting, too:)

    Scary indeed…

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  4. thank you for this most important information! xoxo

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  5. I have a friend who’s a vet, and she recommends all senior kitties over the age of 10 have blood tests done once a year to monitor for the presence of kidney disease, thyroid disease, etc., and I agree with her. Oftentimes when symptoms appear, the disease has progressed to a more serious level. Early detection is the best way to ensure you can provide the best care for your kitty.

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    • Yep yous and yous vet awe wight. Unfurtunately weez nt have dat kind of Vet, and so weez didn’t catch this as early as we wuld have liked, but we can’t cwy over spilt milk.

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Lexi


  6. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    Thanks for this very informative post! This is a subject that we don’t know too much about, so it’s always good to learn more! And Lexi — WOW! You’ve DEFINITELY still got it! 🙂

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    • Fanks fur weadin’, we hope yous learned sumfin’ dat you can use.

      Lexi: Y Faynk ya’. Kant let da yungsterz feenk dey beez da owenlee onez wiff da moovz. MOL

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Lexi


  7. Thanks for this info, Dezi and Lexi. We hadn’t heard about this test but we’re gonna ask our vet about doing it.


  8. Dezi’s Mom… could you let our Mom know what treatment that Dezi am getting. The Nana’s kitty has been diagnosed with the same kidney disease and we need to know what we should ask our vet for treatment. Bibi is not looking very good lately and she is only 13
    years old… she is loosing weight. -Lulu.

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    • We hate to hear dat. Yous need a bllood test to determine what yous phosphoewous nummews awe so yous’ll know whedder you can feed annyfiin’ to get da weight back on or ifin yous gotta be caweful wiff what yous feed her. And also so yous kinda know what da stage is. Most of da tweatments awe OTC so yous not need a Vet to purrscwibe them, unless she be in da final stages. Then you might need i.v. fluids, or udder fings. You can email mommy anytime fur help.

      Luv ya’

      Dezi and Lexi


  9. thiz bee a grate E post dezi & lezi…manee thanx for sharin…another grate E eye dea wood all sew bee…… emerald catfish !!! 🙂

    thanx for sharin thiz …we iz lurnin stuff for sure…& 984 paws up for yur mewvie….N lexi…we did knot see ewe hidin bee hind de cratez….at all !!! 🙂


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