Hemodialysis and Blood Purification Unit

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Welcome to the Hemodialysis and Blood Purification Unit of the Small Animal Internal Medicine Service at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Hemodialysis is an exciting and growing specialty in 'high-tech' veterinary therapeutics. With modern technology and techniques, hemodialysis is safe, effective and indispensable for the management of life-threatening uremia in dogs and cats. There is no alternative therapy as effective for animals with uremia, refractory acute renal faiure, life-threatening overhydration, or acute poisoning.

Veterinarians from UC Davis were among the first in the country to perform hemodialysis on companion animals, and established the first veterinary hemodialysis facility in the country. Still today, there are very few veterinary hemodialysis centers in the United States. Two of those facilities are overseen by UC Davis - one at the VMTH and one at our satellite facility in San Diego. These state-of-the-art hemodialysis centers provide treatment options for animals suffering from kidney failure for whom conventional medical treatments have failed, and whose afflictions would otherwise be life-threatening.

Hemodialysis Impacts (PDF)