Nephrology, Urology, 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.
- DVM - Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine - 1983
- Fiocchi, E.H., Cowgill, L.D., Brown, D.C., Markovich, J.E., Tucker, S., Labato, M.A., Callan, M.B. 2017. The Use of Darbepoetin to Stimulate Erythropoiesis in the Treatment of Anemia of Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
- O'Neill, K.E., Labato, M.A., Court, M.H. 2016. The pharmacokinetics of intravenous fenoldopam in healthy, awake cats. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
- Markovich, J.E., Freeman, L.M., Labato, M.A., Heinze, C.R. 2015. Survey of dietary and medication practices of owners of cats with chronic kidney disease. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
- Labato, M.A. 2014. Antihypertensives. Small Animal Critical Care Medicine, Second Edition.
- Segev, G., Cowgill, L.D., Heiene, R., Labato, M.A., Polzin, D.J. 2013. Consensus recommendations for immunosuppressive treatment of dogs with glomerular disease based on established pathology. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
- Ross, L.A., Labato, M.A. 2013. Current techniques in peritoneal dialysis. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
- Ross, L.A., Labato, M.A. 2012. Peritoneal Dialysis. Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice.
- Monaghan, K., Nolan, B., Labato, M. 2012. Feline acute kidney injury: 2. Approach to diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
- Monaghan, K., Nolan, B., Labato, M. 2012. Feline acute Kidney injury: 1. Pathophysiology, etiology and etiology-specific management considerations. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
- Bloom, C.A., Labato, M.A., Hazarika, S., Court, M.H. 2012. Preliminary pharmacokinetics and cardiovascular effects of fenoldopam continuous rate infusion in six healthy dogs. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
- Labato, M.A. 2011. It's a 'kidney' not a 'renal'. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
- Cooper, R.L., Labato, M.A. 2011. Peritoneal Dialysis in Cats with Acute Kidney Injury: 22 Cases (2001-2006). Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
- Cooper, R.L., Labato, M.A. 2011. Peritoneal Dialysis in Veterinary Medicine. Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice.
- Bloom, C.A., Labato, M.A. 2011. Intermittent Hemodialysis for Small Animals. Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice.
- Acierno, M.J., Labato, M.A. 2011. Preface: Kidney Diseases and Renal Replacement Therapies. Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice.
- Torre, D.M., Labato, M.A., Rossi, T., Foley, C., O'Toole, T.E. 2008. Treatment of a dog with severe baclofen intoxication using hemodialysis and mechanical ventilation. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.
- 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. 2007. Guidelines for the identification, evaluation, and management of systemic hypertension in dogs and cats. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
- Labato, M.A. 2006. Disorders of Micturition. Saunders Manual of Small Animal Practice.
- Ross, L.A., Labato, M.A. 2006. Peritoneal dialysis. Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice.
- Lane, I.F., Labato, M.A., Adams, L.G. 2006. Lithotripsy. Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine.
General Research Interests
- Nephrology/Urology Disorders
- Interventional Endourology
- Regenerative Medicine
Selected Research Projects
- Acute Kidney Injury, Glomerulonephritis, Biomarkers
- Feline Urethral Obstructions
- Renal Replacement Therapy
- 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
- 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
- Acute renal failure, glomerulonephritis