Pet organ transplant

I'd do it (if I could afford it)   0 votes - 0 %
I'd consider it   2 votes - 11 %
Not sure   1 vote - 5 %
Doubt it   4 votes - 22 %
No   2 votes - 11 %
Not a chance   1 vote - 5 %
Are you fucking insane?!   6 votes - 33 %
Dude, you can get a brand new pet which'll last another 20 years for FREE!   2 votes - 11 %
18 Total Votes
When by debacle (2.00 / 0) #1 Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 04:35:21 AM EST
will you decide to cut your losses?


Right by houser2112 (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 05:09:29 AM EST
This is the question I will have to answer for our cats.  Boy cat (long hair, may have some Persian in him) had a UTI last year, and cost us about $400 in vet bills.  Right now, I'd say that we shouldn't spend any more, but I know that if push came to shove that I'd have a hard time saying no.  Mrs. Houser2112 would certainly have a hard time saying no.

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We spent about 3k on a puppy by debacle (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 05:21:27 AM EST
That did not live because of renal failure, so I understand how you feel.


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Probably the next time she crashes by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 05:33:58 AM EST
I'm now more prepared for it and I have a much better plan on how she can die peacefully and leave her brother's noggin intact (such as it is). However, I plan to fight that crash with sub-q infusion if I can get the hospital to play along, EPO, B12, iron, steroids (due to the anæmia) and anything else I can add to the arsenal. I don't give up easily but she's looking less and less a likely transplant candidate even if a match is possible.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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when i was at guelph by misslake (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 05:18:51 AM EST
the vet college kept a weird little kennel full of all these horrible, ugly, unadoptable, behaviorally fucked kitties and puppies.

they were all quite well loved and respected.

they were the blood/tissue donors.

they lived out thier lives in well fed comfort, saved from euthanasia. 
surley that isn't the only source for veternary cat blood? doesn't it work like human organ donation? can't your vet call up all the other vets in town and ask them if they can get a few units of blood or a spare kidney from anyone?

surely that woudl be really easy for someone - vet: sorry, fluffy's been run over by a car and she ain't gonna make it. there is a sick persian across town that might be saved if you donate fluffy's kidney. thier owner would really appreciate it.
bereived pet owner: of course, i empathise completely with the impeding death of a beloved companion, surely this is a noble tribute to fluffy's years as lap warmer. please send them my cat's organs with my kind regards!

i'd give you one of my kidneys if it would help.
hope they feel beter soon.

Only a few transplant clinics: all in US by BadDoggie (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 05:30:31 AM EST
Started at UC Davis, a couple of the originators have moved out. One's in Philly. Nowhere else in the world. And cats have to be type-matched as well. My cats have Type A blood, most common in cats, very uncommon for the breed.

There's only limited blood banking for pet blood; the hospital had none on hand for Stelpa and couldn't tap other animals already there without the owners' permission. They said they couldn't reach most of the candidate owners. Shit happens, Boy seems OK.


OMG WE'RE FUCKED! -- duxup ?

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Don't know about cats by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 06:09:10 AM EST
but whereas humans have four (or eight) blood types: A, B, O, AB, each in with Rh+ and Rh-, dogs have 13, each with a Rh+ or Rh- (although about 40% have the "universal type"). And the shelf life of dog blood is no longer than it is for humans (about 30 days for whole blood).

That said, it's certainly doable and is being done, but pretty much only in large urban areas. Dogs have to be adults less than 8 years old and at least 50 pounds to donate.

Ah: I see cats have three types: A, B, and AB.

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