UC Davis opens kidney dialysis service

May 20, 2002
By dvm360.com staff

Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. - An animal center in southern California launched its first kidney dialysis service for dogs and cats on May 18.

The services will be provided by the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in a new facility at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe. The service is being offered to temporary and long-term renal failure patients.

Prior to this startup, the only other place in California offering kidney dialysis was the main UC Davis campus. The new service was established by the UC Veterinary Medical Center - San Diego, a joint venture of the Davis and San Diego campuses.

A hemodialysis machine serves as an artificial kidney to remove waste products from the blood that the kidney normally filters and excretes. The procedures aids animals suffering from antifreeze poisoning, kidney infection or other disease complications.

Veterinarian Julie Fischer and veterinary technician Paula Thomas complete the San Diego-based dialysis team.

For more information, call (858) 759-7235.