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Feature August 2015 Issue

What is Polycystic Kidney Disease?

Polycystic kidney disease is the most prevalent inherited genetic disease in cats, affecting Persian and Persian-related breeds.

What is Polycystic Kidney Disease?

Although there is no specific treatment for PKD which affects Persian and Persian-related breeds it could be eradicated through genetic testing.

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a slowly progressive and inherited kidney disorder that affects Persian and Persian-related breeds, and it is the most prevalent inherited genetic disease in cats. The prevalence of PKD varies by country, ranging from 36 percent (Slovenia) to 49.2 percent (United Kingdom). In the United States, 38 percent of Persian and Persian-related cats have the condition.

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