What Is PKD in Cats?
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Signs & Symptoms
Increased thirst and drinking far more water than usual
Increased frequency of urination
Nausea or vomiting
In the most advanced stages, "it’s possible for the sacs to become so large and numerous that you can actually see the kidney’s outline when an affected cat is lying on its back," says Richard Goldstein, DVM, associate professor of small animal medicine at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Diagnosis, Treatment & Maintenance
However, if your cat's DNA test results do come back as positive for PKD, the results won't be able to tell you the severity of your cat's condition or how it's progressing. For that, you'll need to see your veterinarian for an ultrasound exam.
Treatment & Maintenance
Talk with your vet and put together a care plan. This usually includes scheduled visits to keep tabs on how the cysts are developing and adjustments to other management techniques.
Diet changes. Many veterinarians recommend a specific diet for cats with PKD and other chronic kidney disease.
Fluid therapy. Potassium supplements or IV fluids may help your cat's kidney function a bit better.
Medication. While there is no specific treatment for PDK, your vet may prescribe certain medications to help treat the symptoms of the disorder.
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Surgical draining. In some cases, your vet may suggest surgically draining the cysts of fluid to help relieve the strain on the kidneys. However, this is a temporary solution as the cysts will eventually fill back up.
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