Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals in Tinton Falls is proud to be one of the few veterinary hospitals in the state to offer this progressive treatment for renal failure, immune mediated diseases, and toxicities.
What Is Hemodialysis?
Extracorporeal therapy is a procedure that removes blood from the body, circulates it through a filter system and then returns that blood back to the body. In veterinary medicine this encompasses Hemodialysis (HD), Hemoperfusion (HP) and Therapeutic Plasma Exchange (TPE).
What Is The Prognosis of a Patient Undergoing Hemodialysis?
Hemodialysis should be reserved for patients who no longer respond to standard medical management of acute kidney injury, or those with life-threatening injuries following toxin exposure. The survival rate for patients treated with hemodialysis is variable depending on the initial origin of injury and is discussed at the time of consult.
Indications for Referral for Hemodialysis?
- Progressive Azotemia
- Anuria or Oliguria
- Marked Derangements in Electrolyte or Acid Base Balance
- Volume Overload
- Immune Mediated Diseases (commonly but not limited to):
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Toxins (commonly but not limited to):
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Ethylene Glycol
- HD can be used to treat AKI secondary to lily and grape ingestion but is not recommended as a preventative therapy
Meet our board-certified criticalist:
Dr. Christine Iacovetta grew up in the Bronx, New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire and her veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary College (England). She went on to complete a residency in Emergency Critical Care at Animal Emergency and Specialty Services in Milwaukee, WI. Dr. Iacovetta continued her career as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Florida where she provided critical care services and received experience in hemodialysis. She completed additional hemodialysis training with the Hemodialysis Academy and went on to start a Veterinary Hemodialysis program in Queens, New York. She has a strong interest in hemodialysis and its uses in veterinary medicine.
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