In both humans and animals, healthy kidneys clean blood by removing excess fluid, minerals, and wastes. Kidneys also make hormones that keep your bones strong and your blood healthy. When kidneys fail, harmful wastes build up in your animal's body, blood pressure may rise, and you animal's body may retain excess fluid and not make enough red blood cells. When this happens, your animal will need immediate treatment to replace the work of its failed kidneys.
In severe cases of kidney disease, hemodialysis is the most effective method of replacing the lost function of the kidneys.
Information Regarding Hemodialysis at Penn Vet
- Penn Vet will be unable to offer extracorporeal therapies for the foreseeable future.
Our Internal Medicine team is happy to consult with referring veterinarians on these cases regarding whether it is wise to pursue dialysis, other treatment options, pros, cons, and estimated costs.
Referring Veterinarians can call: 877-736-6838.