VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle

Intermittant hemodialysis


What is Hemodialysis?

Hemodialysis is a procedure which removes metabolic solute and fluid waste from the blood. The dialysis machine pumps blood through a circuit where it then passes through a semi-permeable membrane.  This membrane is called a dialyzer, or artificial kidney.  Metabolic waste diffuses through the dialyzer membrane and out of the blood.  The purified blood is then returned to the patient.  Dialysis therapy also restores electrolyte and water balance.  Dialysis therapy does not "fix" and injured kidney but helps maintain the patient's health and allows the patient to feel better while giving the kidney time to heal.

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The VCA Veterinary Specialty Center Dialysis Unit opened in April of 2009 and is currently offering intermittent hemodialysis and charcoal hemoperfusion.

Since 2009, the VSC Dialysis Unit has treated an even mixture of canine and feline patients with ailments ranging from NSAID toxicity, pyelonephritis, leptospirosis, phenobarbital intoxication and acute renal failure secondary to systemic hypotension.

The VSC veterinary dialysis team reached their 150th treatment in December of 2011. The VSC dialysis team is available to answer questions seven days a week. Please call us early in the course of patient management. We encourage consultation as soon as you suspect a patient might benefit from hemodialysis or hemoperfusion. If you suspect a patient might be a candidate for dialysis or have any questions, please contact Dr. Linda Barton, Adriane Evans, or Amanda Adams at (425) 697-6106.

Keeping our patients healthy. . .and happy

Many owners have concerns regarding their pets' comfort during hemodialysis treatments. Is dialysis painful? Is it uncomfortable or stressful? Will my pet have to be anesthetized or sedated? Actually, animal patients tolerate hemodialysis therapy incredibly well. They rarely need sedation and no invasive medical procedures are performed during dialysis. Pets lie on warm, fluffy beds and are allowed to move, eat, drink and sleep as they wish. They receive constant attention, interaction and 'TLC' from all of the professional staff.  

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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately 425-697-6106

VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle is here for you and your pet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter what the time of day or night we have a veterinarian and vet techs here to answer your questions and provide you and your pet with care in an emergency situation. 

Our emergency service is designed to be an extension of the services provided by your primary care veterinarian. When your vet is not available, our doctors and nursing staff are here to provide the emergency care your pet needs. In addition to emergency services, we are able to provide intensive care for critically ill pets that have been referred by primary care veterinarians.

Many patients are treated as outpatients. Should your pet require ongoing care, we may recommend that you return to your primary care veterinarian when the day practice opens. For unstable patients in need of further evaluation, arrangements can be made for continued hospitalization and when needed, evaluation by one of our specialists.

Please click here to download a copy of our Pet Emergency Handbook