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Polycystic Kydney desease

July 22nd, 2006, 10:18 AM
Good morning,

I just brought Mona(2 yr old Bassett female) home from the Vet. She has Polycystic Kydney desease. I hope I can make her feel as comfortable as possible and give her the best days of her life at home. I just don't know what to expect.

Does anyone know what Polycystic kydney desease is?

I want to thank everyone for your help and support.

I cannot stop crying everytime I see her and my sleep and eating habits are effected as well as hers. She is just so damn sweet and loving that it hurts me to see her this way.

Thanks again.

July 22nd, 2006, 12:38 PM
I have not obeserved this in dogs, but I have in humans.

My fiances father has Polycystic Kidney desease. It has forced him into early retirement (42) and he is in a great deal of pain. The doctor has told us that it is hereditary. Here are some websites that I have bookmarked:

And some dog ones:

July 22nd, 2006, 01:10 PM
:sorry: :( My heart breaks for you, some will need to remain strong and set aside your own pain for now, for Mona inorder to give her the best quality of life for the remaining time she has left, she needs your love and comfort, not added anxiety and worry from seeing you upset, there will be time for your tears later. I have lost a few dogs to disease and I know how much it hurts but I also learned I can't let the dogs see or feel my own pain and frustration, I needed to keep life as normal as possible for them and be their strong leader, so as not have them scared/confused and worried, use forums like this one to vent your pain, anger and frustrations when you need to :grouphug:

It is an inherited rare disease, if you got Mona from a breeder it is important they are made aware as either the mother or father has it and the breeding line should be ended with that parent and its littermates and the littermates they pups they produced, it is not common in bassets but could beome a problem if more breeding of affected dogs occurs.

It is a little more common in persian cats, first diagnosed in the 1960s and studies on PKD only started in the 90's, isadly there is no cure, the only thing you can do is attempt to slow the progess by treating the same way as Chronic Renal Failure (CRF)

This site about Persian cats shows pictures of what happens to the kidney as the disease progress, only look if you do wish to understand what is happening

It also occurs in humans in some it develops in adults and others as young children

This website is one of the most comprehensive in terms or canine renal disease/failure, discusses management, SubQ fluids, diet, tests, and even transplant surgery

If you look search Bull Terriers and Cairn Terriers you might find more info on PKD since it occurs more often in these breeds.

I whish the news about PKD was better :sad:

July 22nd, 2006, 02:21 PM
I just wanted to say I'm really sorry to hear about Mona. :grouphug:

The website I gave at your other post has members who have gone through or are going through the same situation as you are. I think you would get a tremendous amount of information and support there. Again, the website is: