Urological Diseases and Conditions
There are many conditions that can affect the upper and lower urinary tract of animals, including congenital abnormalities, incontinence, infection, stone disease, toxicities, renal failure, and cancer. Learn about common urinary tract ailments of cats, dogs, and other companion animals as well as how our team of experts can help.
Read about common ailments and some of their causes...
Diagnosis and Treatment
Getting the right diagnosis leads to the most successful treatment for your companion animal. At Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital, we offer a collaborative team approach to all of our patients, combining the latest diagnostic tools and resources with the expertise of highly skilled clinicians across many disciplines.
Our Care Team
At Penn Vet, we have a clinical team of veterinary specialists to take care of all urologic and kidney-related (nephrologic) diseases and disorders. We offer a team-based approach, comprising board-certified clinicians and nurses.
Lillian Aronson, VMD, DACVS
Professor, Surgery; Director, Advanced Urinary Care
Soft-tissue surgery, renal transplantation, microvascular surgery, urinary tract surgery
Jennifer Huck, Penn Vet
Assistant Professor, Clinical Surgery
Soft-tissue surgery, surgical oncology, renal transplantation
Susan Volk, VMD, PhD, DACVS
Corinne R. and Henry Bower Professor of Surgery,
Soft-tissue surgery, cutaneous wounds and reconstruction, regenerative medical therapies
Megan McClosky, DVM, DACVIM
Assistant Professor, Clinical Internal Medicine & Extracorporeal Therapies
Extracorporeal therapies, hemodialysis, plasma exchange
Dana Clarke, VMD, DACVECC
Assistant Professor, Emergency & Critical Care
Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD, DACVIM
Paul A. James and Charles A. Gilmore Endowed Chair Professor
Professor of Medicine & Pathobiology
Raimon Duran-Struuk, DVM, PhD, DACLAM
Assistant Professor, Pathobiology
Director of Veterinary Clinical Care and Resident Training, ULAR
Transplantation Immunology within Advanced Urinary Care
Our clinical research team within Penn Vet's Advanced Urinary Care service includes translational immunologists, transplant immunologists and surgeons, and extracorporeal therapy criticalists who are exploring the adoptive transfer of immune regulatory cell types such as regulatory T cells (Tregs) and iNKT cells to promote immune tolerance.
Our goal is to apply our combined expertise to develop canine immune regulatory cellular therapies that can be used either alone or in combination with other immunomodulatory platforms to enable successful allogeneic renal transfer in canines with chronic renal failure.