For most of us, pets are family. Bringing dialysis treatments home doesn’t mean having to find a new one for your animal buddy.

“My cats are my kids!” says JF, a long-time peritoneal dialysis patient. “I wouldn’t throw them out on the street because I started PD. I figured it out and adjusted.”

Peritoneal dialysis (PD), otherwise known as home dialysis, allows ESRD patients to dialyze at home. Dialyzing at home, as opposed to a dialysis clinic offers patients the benefit of having their four-legged friends with them at the same time. 

Here are some tips for pet lovers to stay safe while  performing dialysis at home:

  • Keep pets in another room during treatments, especially when you are  connecting and disconnecting to the machines. Curious paws and puppy-sharp teeth can find their way to dialysis machine tubing.

  • If possible, keep supplies and machine in a different  room. Keep the door to that room closed.

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after feeding and cleaning up after your pet. And most importantly, before you connect or disconnect from your dialysis machine.

  • Keep pet nails short to avoid scratches. Scratches can that can  spread disease.

  • If you have a cat or bird, have someone else in your life clean the litter box or bird cage, so that you avoid exposure to bacteria that could make you sick. Also, make sure the litter box and bird cage are not in the same room where you dialyze.

  • Frequently clean furniture and floors to reduce fur and dander.

  • If you are choosing a new pet, choose one with hair rather than fur.

  • Keep your pet healthy with regular visits to the vet.

With just a few simple adjustments, you can fit dialysis into your home life and enjoy all the benefits of better health, as well as the love of a furry friend.

This content was provided by Satellite Healthcare.