Published: 26 Jun 2019 | Last Updated: 13 May 2021 09:49:53

Based on new research carried out by renal experts at the RVC, the diagnostic labs are pleased to announce that measurement of total magnesium concentration is now routinely included in renal and comprehensive feline biochemistry profiles.

In a study of cats recently published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, RVC researchers found that magnesium measurement is useful as a prognostic indicator in cats with CKD, as low plasma magnesium concentrations at diagnosis of azotaemic CKD were associated with a higher risk of death for the cats involved in the study (

The RVC are currently raising awareness of this new information to vets in practice and to other diagnostic labs as it is likely that there will be increasing demand from general practitioners for access to this test for monitoring feline CKD patients in future.

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