Dialysis becoming accepted, available for pets

Humans have been using lifesaving dialysis for decades, and in recent years a handful of veterinary universities and research centers have added it to their treatment options with equally positive results. The procedure is slowly making its way across the country, but is still unavailable to most pet parents. BluePearl Veterinary Partners is hoping to increase accessibility by promoting its procedures nationwide. “A lot of people don’t know that dialysis is available for pets, just like in human medicine,” says Dr. Adam Eatroff, director of BluePearl’s hemodialysis center. Dr. Eatroff says the procedure, most often associated with kidney failure, can be used to treat a variety of illnesses, including heart disease, poisoning, heatstroke and certain immune-related conditions. “Really, we’re only limited by our imagination,” he says. Learn more at BluePearlVet.com.