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Hello, we just wanted to pass along this latest DNA health update for your group...

Veterinary Diagnostics Center (VDC) in Fairfield, Ohio is now offering DNA Testing for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) among Persian, Himalayan, and Exotic Cats.

PKD is an inherited autosomal dominant disorder characterized by the formation of cysts on the kidneys which could lead to eventual renal failure and possible death.

Anyone can collect feline DNA samples using a buccal (cheek) swab and testing can be performed on cats of any age.

The 3 possible genotypes for PKD are:
N/N (2 copies of the normal allele)
N/P Heterozygote (1 normal copy and 1 copy of the PKD mutation)
P/P (2 copies of the PKD mutation).

PKD is dominant; therefore, heterozygotes (those possessing one copy of the mutation) will likely be clinically affected. When bred to genotypically normal cats, heterozygotes will still likely produce clinically affected offspring 50% of the time.

For more information on how to obtain a free DNA sample collection kit please go to the feline PKD page at or contact VDC toll-free at 1-800-625-0874.

Veterinary Diagnostics Center
Feline DNA Services
225 Corporate Ct.
Fairfield, OH 45014