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Saliva testing to

achieve a higher quality of care

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects as many as 10% of dogs and 35% of cats, and is the most common cause of mortality in cats over 5 years old (1)

Annual blood & urine work is usually recommended for animals over 7 years old; however, this is costly and invasive, leading many pet parents to forego testing, especially when there are no other clinical signs present.

Recent studies have shown that high blood urea, a common marker for CKD, is also present in the saliva (2-3). This is why sn biomedical is developing Kidney-Chek™ - a salivary urea test for companion animals. This is a simple, less invasive and more affordable option to screen for kidney disease in your animals. If Kidney-Chek™ shows up positive, it is then recommended that more detailed analysis of blood & urine take place, as high blood urea can also occur with other conditions, such as severe dehydration, gastrointestinal bleeding, or kidney stones (4).

How Kidney-Chek™ works

Open Kidney-Chek strip

Expose pads to animal's buccal surface to wet both squares

Read visually or use our phone app to capture and report results

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Signing up is easy! Provide us with your contact information, and we will reach out to schedule an introductory meeting.

Beta Testing Sign Up

If you're interested in participating in beta testing of Kidney-Chek™, please sign up below and we'll be happy to reach out to schedule a meeting:

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Thanks for your interest!

 
References
(1) Sparkes AH et al. (2016). ISFM Consensus Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Feline Chronic Kidney Disease. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, 18: 219.
(2) Tvarijonaviciute A et al. (2018). Measurement of urea and creatinine in saliva of dogs: a pilot study. BMC Veterinary Research, 14:223.
(3) Lasisi TJ et al. (2016). Salivary creatinine and urea analysis in patients with chronic kidney disease: a case control study. BMC Nephrology, 17: 10.
(4) Stockham SL and Scott MA. (2008). Urinary System. Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology - Second Edition. pg. 429-430.