Socrates is a 15 year old male Burmese cat who visited us for his senior check-up. His owner advised us that he had noticed some weight loss in Socrates. During the senior consultation, our veterinarian took some blood and urine samples from Socrates to check his kidney function. Both urine and blood results suggested an early onset of renal disease.
We monitor Socrates' progress of his renal disease by conducting repeat blood and urine tests every 6 months. Other signs of renal disease include poor appetite, increased drinking and urination, lethargy, high blood pressure, mouth ulcers and anaemia. Unfortunately, once the kidneys are damaged they have limited ability to recover. Socrates was very lucky that in his case it was detected early and with treatment should slow down the progression of the disease.