Did you know that Oakland Veterinary Referral Service offers specialized emergency care for pets with kidney emergencies? OVRS is one of Michigan’s only veterinary hospitals offering specialized kidney care and emergency dialysis for pets suffering from kidneys in crisis.
How to Tell if Your Pet is Having a Kidney Emergency
Whether your pet has been diagnosed with a chronic kidney condition or has a sudden onset of symptoms, a kidney emergency requires immediate care.
Unless your pet is suffering from a chronic condition you may not recognize your pet’s kidney emergency for what it is. If your pet is showing the following symptoms, please call us immediately for a consultation:
- Decreased appetite
- Bad breath (also known as “Uremic Breath,” in which your pet’s breath will smell vaguely of urine)
- Decreased energy/lethargy
Because these are broad-spectrum symptoms, it is important that you call us for a case-by-case consultation if your pet is presenting these symptoms. Don’t let your pet suffer longer than necessary. If a kidney condition is at play, the sooner he or she begins treatment the better the prognosis for a positive outcome.
Causes of Kidney Crisis’
If your pet has not already been diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease, there may be a number of triggers for an acute kidney crisis, including:
- Infectious diseases
- Bacterial infections, such as Leptospirosis
- Ingestion of toxins, such as anti-freeze or grapes/raisins
We Can Help
Oakland Veterinary Referral Service is fortunate to have DVMs Melissa Holahan and Sara Snow on staff for your pet’s kidney emergencies. Both veterinarians are kidney and dialysis specialists, and are on-call 24/7 should an emergency of this nature arise.
In addition to their expertise, OVRS also offers emergency dialysis services for pets in crisis, including:
Patients with acute kidney failure
Patients who have not responded to standard therapy within 24 hours (fluids, medication, etc.)
Patients with life-threatening complications of kidney failure or its treatment
Patients who have ingested toxins that can be removed with dialysis
Pet emergencies can come in all shapes and sizes, day or night. Our pet emergency hotline is open 24/7 for your pet’s health and your peace of mind. Don’t let your pet suffer, if you suspect he or she is in crisis please call us for a consultation immediately.