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Advanced treatment options have become available for certain health issues in the pet population. Hemodialysis is one such specialized treatment that is used for certain diseases of the kidney or for kidney failure, and when specific kinds of toxicity are detected. Substances that pose a danger to a pet’s health are filtered from the blood during hemodialysis.
Would Your Dog or Cat Benefit from Hemodialysis?
Only a handful of clinics across the country provide hemodialysis services for cats and dogs, and Red River Animal Emergency Hospital and Referral Center is proud to be one of them. The head of our dialysis unit is Dr. Andy Carver, a veterinarian who is board certified in emergency and critical care medicine. His extensive training in hemodialysis is of great benefit to our clinic, clients, and pets throughout the region. If you believe your pet would benefit from this procedure, we suggest you ask your primary veterinarian for a referral or have him/her call the clinic directly to consult with Dr. Carver. While Dr. Carver can do a minor consultation over the phone, it is important that he perform a review of your pet’s records as well as perform a physical exam.
What is Hemodialysis?
When your dog’s or cat’s kidneys fail to remove toxic substances from the body, these toxins can build up in the blood and make your pet very ill or even prove to be fatal. In certain cases, such as a kidney injury or toxicity buildup due to ingestion of harmful chemicals, dialysis will remove toxins from the blood by passing it through a charcoal filter and returning the “clean” blood back to the patient.
Hemodialysis for Injured Kidneys
Veterinarians can usually manage acute kidney injury (AKI) in a cat or dog without hemodialysis. However, when standard treatment fails, hemodialysis may be an option. Hemodialysis will not cure kidney issues, but it will provide animals an opportunity for their bodies to heal and normal kidney function to return. We do offer this service to other animal species on a case by case basis. AKIs may be caused by a number of factors, such as:
– Infection (leptospirosis, sepsis, UTI)
– Ingestion of a Toxic Substance (such as antifreeze)
– Ingestion of Lily Flower (felines)
– Anti-inflammatory Drugs (canines and felines)
Dialysis for Toxicity
Hemodialysis and hemoperfusion (filtering blood through charcoal) have the potential to clear a large number of toxins from a pet’s blood stream. If you suspect your pet has toxicity in the blood, contact your primary veterinarian promptly or seek care at our 24-hour emergency clinic so that treatment may begin immediately. Time is of the essence in such cases, so please do not delay!
Hemodialysis or Hemoperfusion May Be Used to Treat:
– Ingestion of Ethylene Glycol (antifreeze)
– Overdose of Anti-inflammatories such as Aspirin, Carprofen/Rimadyl, Ibuprofen, Meloxicam, and more.
– Phenobarbital or Pentobarbital
– Some Chemotherapy Drug Overtreatments
– Various Other Substances, Depending on their Properties