Feline PKD Screening Clinic
Date of next clinic: Please call us with your needs.
Cost: $75.00 per individual.
Eligibility: All breeds are eligible for PKD screening; Persians and breeds genetically related to Persians are most at risk.
Location: The Animal Ultrasound Clinic, 131 Boston Street, Salem, MA. Please call us at 978-740-9800 to schedule an appointment and for directions.
Breeding Certificates: If appropriate, certificates indicating that the individual shows no evidence of cystic kidney disease will be issued. Ten months of age is the youngest at which a cat with no sonographic evidence of cysts be considered likely (approximately 98% assurance, not 100%) to be PKD negative.
What the test results mean: A negative scan is not a 100% guarantee that the cat is free from the possibility of carrying the PKD trait. In an adult cat, (approx. 10 months or older) a negative scan is believed to assure that the cat has approximately a 98% chance of remaining free of PKD for it's lifetime. This is still the best test available to help lessen the incidence of PKD.Confidentiality: Strict confidentiality will be maintained. Test results will be released only to the owner. The studies will be performed in private.
Summary of past clinics: About 35% have been positive for polycystic kidney disease. 160 individuals scanned, 55 PKD (+). Most of these 160 cats were Persians.