Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Mary Labato

Nephrology, Urology, Small Animal Medicine

Small Animal Medicine

A graduate of Tufts' first veterinary class in 1983, Dr. Mary Labato is a veterinary internist at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals. She specializes in all areas of internal medicine, with a primary interest in disorders of the kidneys and bladder. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

A native of western Massachusetts, Dr. Labato had severe allergies and asthma as a child—compelling her to keep turtles, rather than cats and dogs, as pets. As she progressed in her studies (and her allergies waned, allowing her to get a dog), she began to realize that she could combine her strong interest in science with her love for animals. She attended Smith College in Northhampton, MA before entering Tufts' then-nascent veterinary school. She spent a short time in private practice before returning to the school for a residency and, ultimately, a clinical faculty position.

Dr. Labato lectures in small animal medicine about the disorders of urination, as well as on drugs that influence the kidneys and bladder such as high blood pressure medication and diuretics. She primarily teaches during clinical rotations in the fourth year and instructs students on how to practice medicine. Her favorite cases are those that involve acute kidney injury, in which she has to use dialysis to get kidneys to start working again when they had stopped functioning completely. These are very happy ending cases, she says.

A winner of the Cummings School's Alumna of the Year award in 2001, Dr. Labato lives in nearby Shrewsbury with her husband, Paul, three dogs, Allie, Jason and Brie, and two cats named Jarrod and Sam. In her free time, she enjoys traveling—especially to Maine—sailing, sea kayaking, tennis, watching basketball and competing in agility competitions with Brie.

Education

  • DVM - Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine - 1983

Board Certification

  • ACVIM

Consensus recommendations for immunosuppressive treatment of dogs with glomerular disease based on established pathology

Author(s):Segev, G. | Cowgill, L.D. | Heiene, R. | Labato, M.A. | Polzin, D.J.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Current techniques in peritoneal dialysis

Author(s):Ross, L.A. | Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Peritoneal Dialysis

Author(s):Ross, L.A. | Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice

Feline acute Kidney injury: 1. Pathophysiology, etiology and etiology-specific management considerations

Author(s):Monaghan, K. | Nolan, B. | Labato, M.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

Feline acute kidney injury: 2. Approach to diagnosis, treatment and prognosis

Author(s):Monaghan, K. | Nolan, B. | Labato, M.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

Preliminary pharmacokinetics and cardiovascular effects of fenoldopam continuous rate infusion in six healthy dogs

Author(s):Bloom, C.A. | Labato, M.A. | Hazarika, S. | Court, M.H.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics

It's a 'kidney' not a 'renal'

Author(s):Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Intermittent Hemodialysis for Small Animals

Author(s):Bloom, C.A. | Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice

Peritoneal Dialysis in Cats with Acute Kidney Injury: 22 Cases (2001-2006)

Author(s):Cooper, R.L. | Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Peritoneal Dialysis in Veterinary Medicine

Author(s):Cooper, R.L. | Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice

Preface: Kidney Diseases and Renal Replacement Therapies

Author(s):Acierno, M.J. | Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice

Treatment of a dog with severe baclofen intoxication using hemodialysis and mechanical ventilation

Author(s):Torre, D.M. | Labato, M.A. | Rossi, T. | Foley, C. | O'Toole, T.E.
Publication year: 2008
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Guidelines for the identification, evaluation, and management of systemic hypertension in dogs and cats

Author(s):Brown, S. | Atkins, C. | Bagley, R. | Carr, A. | Cowgill, L. | Davidson, M. | Egner, B. | Elliott, J. | Henik, R. | Labato, M. | Littman, M. | Polzin, D. | Ross, L. | Snyder, P. | Stepien, R.
Publication year: 2007
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Lithotripsy

Author(s):Lane, I.F. | Labato, M.A. | Adams, L.G.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine

Peritoneal dialysis

Author(s):Ross, L.A. | Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice

Disorders of Micturition

Author(s):Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Saunders Manual of Small Animal Practice

Canine incontinence

Author(s):Acierno, M.J. | Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian

Serum concentrations of the third component of complement in healthy dogs and dogs with protein-losing nephropathy

Author(s):Acierno, M.J. | Labato, M.A. | Stern, L.C. | Mukherjee, J. | Jakowski, R.M. | Ross, L.A.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Retrospective evaluation of total parenteral nutrition in cats: 40 Cases (1991-2003)

Author(s):Crabb, S.E. | Freeman, L.M. | Chan, D.L. | Labato, M.A.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

ACVIM small animal consensus statement on lyme disease in dogs: Diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Author(s):Littman, M.P. | Goldstein, R.E. | Labato, M.A. | Lappin, M.R. | Moore, G.E.
Publication year: 2006
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

General Research Interests

  • Nephrology/Urology Disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Interventional Endourology
  • Regenerative Medicine

Selected Research Projects

  • Acute Kidney Injury, Glomerulonephritis, Biomarkers
  • Feline Urethral Obstructions
  • Renal Replacement Therapy

Teaching

  • Micturition Disorders: Small Animal Medicine & Surgery
  • Micturition Disorders, Non-Neurogenic: Renal Pathophysiology
  • Drugs for the Kidney & Lower Urinary Tract Disorders: Renal Pathophysiology
  • Case Examples: Renal Pathophysiology
  • Ethical Issues & Euthanasia
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Case Example - Respiratory Pathophysiology

Research Interests by Area

Regenerative Medicine
  • Clinical application of stem cells for renal disease.
Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Renal failure, protein-losing nephropathy in cats and dogs, hemodialysis, amyloidosis, interstitial nephritis, uro- and nephrolithiasis, glomerulonephritis, polycystic kidney disease

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Renal Diseases
  • Acute renal failure, glomerulonephritis