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Hemodialysis Unit Opens at VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center

Agnes Huff

October 17, 2017

SHELTON, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center has opened the first Hemodialysis Unit for dogs and cats in the state of Connecticut. Hemodialysis has long been used in humans but is relatively new to the veterinary field. It assists in the management of acute or chronic pet kidney failure by filtering toxins from the blood. Kidneys with damage from toxic exposure or infection can often heal with temporary treatments, and animals with permanently damaged kidneys can benefit from treatments several times a week. 

The Unit opened with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on September 27. Mayor of Shelton Mark Lauretti and Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bill Purcell attended the festivities and were treated to a demonstration of the hemodialysis machine by Dr. Jethro Forbes who spearheaded bringing the Unit to the Connecticut facility. Purcell spoke outside the Center to welcome the new Unit to the state: “This is one of the few Level I critical care facilities in the state and now we have yet a new announcement to make today with the introduction of the Hemodialysis Unit.” 

“This is the result of a vision I had of bringing this amazing modality to your cats and dogs,” said Jethro Forbes, DVM, DACVECC, VCA Shoreline Veterinary Specialist. “This was truly a team effort and we are eager to offer this resource to the animals in our community.” 

VCA Shoreline is one of only 35 LEVEL 1 facilities in the country. A Level I emergency and critical care facility is a 24-hour acute care facility with the resources and specialty training necessary to provide sophisticated emergent and critical patient care. This facility is open to receive small animal emergency patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The level I facility must have a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care employed full time and available for consultation either on-site or by phone 24/7. VCA Shoreline also provides a fully equipped Animal Ambulance Service for the specialty transport of ill, injured, or critical patients from the region into our hospital. For more information, visit vcashoreline.com

About VCA Animal Hospitals 

VCA Animal Hospitals operates more than 800 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. The hospitals are staffed by more than 4,700 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians to give pets the very best in medical care, of which over 525 are board-certified specialists who are experts in areas such as Oncology, Cardiology, Emergency & Critical Care, and Surgery for animals. VCA Animal Hospitals provides a full range of general practice services to keep pets well and specialized treatments when pets are ill. For more information, please visit VCAhospitals.com or follow on Twitter @vcapethealth and www.facebook.com/VCAAnimalHospitals/

VCA is a leading provider of pet health care services in the country delivered through more than 800 small animal veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada, a preeminent nationwide clinical laboratory system that services all 50 states and Canada (Antech Diagnostics), the leading animal diagnostic imaging company in the market (Sound), and Camp Bow Wow (CBW), the nation’s Premier Doggy Day and Overnight Camp® franchise, an Inc. 5000 company. 


Agnes Huff Communications Group
Agnes Huff, PhD, 310-641-2525
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