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to help treat acute kidney failure.
Dialysis is the process of removing waste products and excess fluid from the body when kidneys are unable to do the job.
The kidneys can fail to function either because of a chronic decline or acute conditions such as infections, toxins and others. Some medications, anti-freeze, grapes and raisins, and leptospirosis are high on the list.
Some dogs suffering from acute kidney failure are great candidates for dialysis.
The procedure provide the extra help they need while their kidneys try to heal.
Unfortunately, so far there are only a limited number of veterinary dialysis centers. We are somewhat fortunate because Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph does provide this service. That's the closest I know about and while it is a half a day drive, at least we know we could get this done if needed.
Is dialysis an option for pets with kidney failure?