VetResQ: A Groundbreaking Therapy for the Treatment of Animals

VetResQ is for veterinary use only

A life-threatening infection. A car accident. Emergency surgery. Heat stroke. Accidental medication ingestion and overdose. Pancreatitis. These are just some of the many gut-wrenching emergency scenarios that we, as pet owners, fear for our beloved canine and feline friends. What can be done to help?

Today, a new blood purification therapy called VetResQ® is giving pet owners and veterinarians a new weapon to help treat these deadly conditions. VetResQ is directly based on our advanced human treatment called CytoSorb® that has been used in more than 70 countries to treat life-threatening illnesses. Both of these technologies are used in the hospital to help reduce deadly inflammation and intoxication by cleansing the blood and directly removing inflammatory toxins and drugs from the body. In doing so, the goals of VetResQ treatment in animals are to reduce injury to vital organs, decrease the severity of illness, and help them to survive and recover from their ordeal.

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Mechanism: How does it work?

VetResQ is an innovative blood purification cartridge filled with small porous polymer beads that act like tiny sponges to remove a broad range of toxic substances from the blood. This is particularly relevant in animals suffering from a variety of critical illnesses where uncontrolled inflammation, toxins, or drugs play a deadly role. VetResQ comes in three sizes to accommodate different sized cats and dogs.

VetResQ integrates easily with most standard blood pump machines. Similar in concept to hemodialysis, blood is repeatedly pumped outside the body, through the cartridge, where many toxic substances are reduced, and returned to the patient. The substances that are removed by VetResQ are often much larger than can be removed by hemodialysis.

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The Therapy: What can VetResQ Treat?
What can VetResQ remove?
  • Cytokines (Excessive pro and anti-inflammatory cytokines)
  • Bacterial toxins (e.g. Toxic shock syndrome toxin, S. aureus hemolysin, fungal mycotoxins like aflatoxin)
  • Pancreatic enzymes (Severe acute pancreatitis)
  • Bilirubin (Liver failure)
  • Myoglobin (Trauma)
  • Activated complement (Autoimmune diseases)
  • Lipophilic drugs (Accidental drug intoxication)

Sepsis and Septic Shock

Sepsis is the dangerously overzealous immune response to a serious infection and is a leading killer of cats and dogs. Sepsis is often driven by excessive inflammation from cytokine storm and microbial toxins that can rapidly lead to dangerously low blood pressure (shock), organ failure, and death. VetResQ can remove cytokines and many toxins efficiently (Back to treatment indications)

Toxin-mediated diseases

Toxins produced by bacteria and other pathogens can destroy tissues, trigger a cytokine storm and inflammation, and cause organ failure and death. VetResQ can reduce many of these toxins. Although not yet demonstrated, VetResQ also has the theoretical potential to remove toxins in the bloodstream from toxic envenomation from snakes, scorpions, or other poisonous animals. (Back to treatment indications)

Drug Intoxication

Accidental ingestion of human medication(s) or natural substances such as plant alkaloids and chocolate can be lethal in high doses. VetResQ can remove these drugs or toxic metabolites (Back to treatment indications)

Heat Stroke

Dangerously high core body temperature caused by a hot environment or strenuous activity, further exacerbated by inflammation, can damage the brain, heart, kidneys, and muscles. VetResQ can reduce cytokines involved in fever and inflammation (Back to treatment indications)

Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)

Antibody mediated destruction of red blood cells results in inflammation, production of cytokines, activation of complement, release of toxic free hemoglobin, and high levels of bilirubin, all of which, with the exception of antibodies, can be removed by VetResQ. (Back to treatment indications)

Trauma and Rhabdomyolysis

Blunt force or penetrating injuries (e.g., hit by a car), burn or electrical injuries, lung injuries including acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), and rhabdomyolysis (muscle destruction). VetResQ can remove myoglobin and cytokines (Back to treatment indications)


Severe inflammation and damage of the pancreas and surrounding tissues caused by the leakage of pancreatic enzymes and production of cytokines can lead to a potentially fatal systemic inflammatory response. VetResQ can remove many of these enzymes and cytokines from blood. (Back to treatment indications)

Liver Failure

Acute loss of liver function caused by overuse of medications, viral infection, excess fat consumption, or autoimmune disease. VetResQ can remove or reduce bilirubin, bile acids, cytokines, and ammonia that accumulate in liver failure (Back to treatment indications)


  • Cytokines (many inflammatory conditions including acute respiratory distress syndrome)
  • Bacterial toxins (e.g., Toxic shock syndrome, S. aureus hemolysin, fungal mycotoxins)
  • A broad range of inflammatory mediators such as activated complement, free hemoglobin, and many others
  • Pancreatic enzymes (Severe acute pancreatitis)
  • Bilirubin (Liver failure)
  • Myoglobin (Trauma)
  • Lipophilic drugs (Accidental drug intoxication) Read More
A powerful therapy in the most dire situations. VETRESQ can help save lives.

Veterinarian Feedback

“VetResQ is easy to implement and has proven to be a safe adjunct therapy for toxin and cytokine removal.”

– Dr. Adam Eatroff, DVM, ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals


“The device is easy to prime and to insert in series to our dialysis extracorporeal circuit. We have not seen complications related to the VetResQ device in the 2 dogs we treated for ibuprofen overdose and in the 13 other sessions in dogs with inflammatory and/or infectious diseases requiring hemodialysis.”

– Dr. Emmanuelle Butty, DVM, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine