A: I am a dog lover so I can absolutely appreciate the desire to have a pet and keep the ones you have. Typically when your PD RN performs the initial home visit an assessment of the treatment area will be performed. One of the goals for the home visit is to ensure CAPD exchanges can be performed in an optimal space to avoid infection or contamination. Cats tend to be very curious about the CAPD lines and equipment and Cats also carry organisms that have caused Peritonitis in humans. Peritonitis from cats (usually caused by Pasturella multocida) or other domestic animals has been reported in PD patients. The most important reminder is to keep pets out of treatment area and not to leave pets unsupervised around supplies utilized to perform CAPD. Pets are important members of the family so let your dialysis team know if you have them and they can work with you to ensure you remain infection free and your pets stay happy!
Michelle Cassin RN CPDN