Renal Replacement Therapy: A Future Option for Horses?

Researchers are exploring the use of renal replacement therapy to help horses with acute renal failure.

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When a person or small animal’s kidneys are injured, stressed, or fail, renal replacement therapy can create a life-saving bridge until kidney function recovers (or, in some human cases, a donor organ is secured). In horses similar treatment generally isn’t an option, and renal failure is devastating.

To investigate the possibility of developing a viable solution for horses suffering kidney injury or disease, David M. Wong, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, in Ames, decided to investigate the use of renal replacement therapy in equids.

He presented the results of his study, “Renal Replacement Therapy in the Horse: A Viable Clinical Option?” at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum held June 12-15 in Seattle, Wash

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Michelle Anderson is the former digital managing editor at The Horse. A lifelong horse owner, Anderson competes in dressage and enjoys trail riding. She’s a Washington State University graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business administration and extensive coursework in animal sciences. She has worked in equine publishing since 1998. She currently lives with her husband on a small horse property in Central Oregon.

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