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Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)

By: Dr. Arnold Plotnick

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Optimal treatment for your pet requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Follow-up can be critical, especially if your pet does not rapidly improve.

  • Administer all prescribed medication as directed. Alert your veterinarian if you are experiencing problems treating your pet.

  • Feed any prescription diets.

    Owners of cats with PKD should be informed that the disorder is inherited and that if the cat is bred, 50 percent of the offspring will be affected. Breeders of Persian and Persian-related breeds should have all of their cats and kittens evaluated using ultrasound for the presence of PKD. If a cat is found positive for cysts, its parents, siblings, and offspring should be evaluated. Those that are affected should be neutered or spayed so that they are effectively removed from the breeding population.


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