When might your pet need dialysis? Most dogs and cats who need dialysis have what is called acute, or recent onset, injury to their kidneys. These kidney injuries are often partially or fully reversible if treated quickly and properly.
Most canine dialysis patients have damaged kidneys from toxins or infections such as:
Dialysis does not treat or repair the kidneys themselves. Instead, it re-establishes and maintains metabolic balance which gives damaged kidneys the opportunity to repair themselves and to recover function. Without the extra time dialysis provides, most dogs or cats with severe acute renal failure will die before their kidneys can recover enough function to sustain life.
If you are considering dialysis for your pet, don't wait until conventional therapy has completely failed and your pet is on death's door. Let your veterinarian know immediately that this is an option you are interested in so that your veterinarian make arrangements with our dialysis center.
Dialysis treatments two or three times weekly can also maintain pets with chronic kidney failure when medical management alone can no longer provide a good quality of life. Some of these pets, especially cats, may be candidates for kidney transplant, and dialysis is often needed before and/or after transplantation for stabilization and support.