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Our Critical Care Department offers hemodialysis for the management of acute or chronic pet kidney failure. The kidneys have many roles, including filtering waste products, drugs, and toxins out of the body and when the kidneys fail these normal waste products build up to toxic levels. Intravenous fluids may help flush these toxins out of the body, however, when this type of medical management is unsuccessful, dialysis is indicated to help remove these toxins. For acute kidney failure, dialysis is used to allow the kidneys to recover function or until it becomes clear that the kidneys are not going to heal. Most of the time kidneys repair themselves within about four weeks. With chronic kidney failure the kidneys are permanently damaged and dialysis is continued three times each week for the rest of a pet's life. In this situation, kidney transplant is the only alternative to chronic dialysis. There are different forms of dialysis and our Critical Care Specialists will evaluate your pet and determine the best plan for them.
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Emergency & Critical Care

The Emergency Medicine Department at VCA RIVER is a full-service ICU focused on providing evidence-based medicine at an advanced, critical care level. We utilize a number of employees with expansive knowledge, experience and licensure from our board certified emergency and critical care veterinarians to our licensed technicians.

Our emergency department currently has 3 specialists boarded in emergency and critical care and 5 full time emergency veterinarians. We also have over 12 licensed technicians, several in licensing programs, and 1 pursuing their specialty license in emergency and critical care.

VCA RIVER hosts a rotating veterinary internship for 1 year following graduation from veterinary school. Our 5-6 interns rotate through the emergency department and team up with our senior emergency veterinarians and specialists to provide 24-hour care for your pets.

Additionally we have a state-of-the-art facility with MRI, CT, Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber, Endoscopy, Fluoroscopy, digital radiography, full service in-house Antech laboratory and two surgical suites. Because we are also a specialty practice, we are able to draw upon the knowledge and experience of our boarded specialists in other departments if needed to bring your pet the best possible care. We work together as a team to put your pet's treatment and care first.

Our Emergency & Critical Care Services

Aggressive Analgesia
Cardiac Output Monitoring
Central Venous Pressure Monitoring
Continuous ECG Monitoring and Telemetry

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