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Polycystic Kidney Disease

Description: PKD - A genetic condition characterized by cysts in the kidneys which damage normal kidney tissue, eventually leading to kidney failure. The age at which the cat experiences kidney failure varies, but the average age is 7.

What to Watch For: Signs include weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst and urination, and lethargy.

Diagnosis: Diagnosed via ultrasound or genetic test.

Treatment: There is no cure for the cysts that form on the kidneys, but treatment includes fluid administration for dehydration and prescription foods that are more easily digested despite the kidney damage.

Breeds prone to Polycystic Kidney Disease include:

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