Internal Medicine

Nephrology 2018-07-03T02:54:10+00:00


Veterinary Specialty Center - Hemodialysis

Nephrology is a specialized branch of internal medicine that studies the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the kidney. The function of the kidney plays a pivotal role in the maintenance of a patient’s health.

Veterinary Specialty Center is a frontrunner when it comes to the management of kidney disease. We offer state-of the-art equipment that allows for precision in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet’s renal disorders. As the first facility in the Midwestern United States to offer hemodialysis to companion animals, we can provide care at any stage of renal failure.

Patients see a nephrologist for:

  • Acute Kidney Injury/Failure – Rapid loss of kidney function
  • Chronic Kidney (Renal) Disease – Progressive loss of renal function over time (months or years)
  • Hematuria – Presence of red blood cells in urine
  • Proteinuria – Elevated presence of serum proteins in urine
  • Kidney Stones (Renal Calculi) – Solid concretion aggregation formed in the kidneys
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) – Elevated systemic arterial blood pressure
  • Disorders of Acid-Base and/or Electrolytes

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Dr Jerry Thornhill, our Nephrologist is trained and certified to offer:

  • Hemodialysis  – A procedure in which blood is cleansed by circulation through an external dialyzer membrane (artificial kidney)
  • Peritoneal Dialysis – A procedure in which blood is cleansed using the patient’s peritoneum membrane (lines the abdominal cavity) as the dialysis membrane
  • Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy – Type of hemodialysis that gradually dialyzes the patient over an extended period of time

With over 40 years of experience, Dr. Thornhill is a leader in veterinary nephrology. He has authored over 44 publications, along with eight textbook chapters and has presented innumerable lectures and continuing education seminars, domestically and internationally.

To contact our Nephrology department, please call 847-459-7535 or email us at

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