Organ Transplants for Dogs

Where do dog owners and veterinarians draw the line?

By | Posted: August 15, 2012, 3 p.m. EDT

mixed breed dog"The dilemma is very real," said Richard Walshaw, BVMS, professor of small animal surgery in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in East Lansing, a surgeon with an interest in biomedical ethics. "In other countries, such as England, no one would ever consider doing a kidney transplant in pets. Why should you take the kidney out of a healthy pet?"

But many ethicists are happy with the solution to kidney transplants that has been adopted in the United States. "We will not do a transplant unless the donor will get adopted by the recipient's owner," Dr. Walshaw said. "This means two lives are saved, rather than one lost to kidney disease and one to euthanasia."

While this opens up an opportunity for many dogs needing an kidney, being willing to adopt the donor dog is only one part of recieving an organ. See the eligibility requirements for dog kidney transplants.

Ethical problems are greater for transplants such as the liver and heart because the entire organ is replaced, and the donor has none to spare. Dr. Gregory's team is attempting to use partial-liver transplants in dogs, which will allow both recipient and donor to live normally - a technique successful in humans.

The heart, however, is different. "I don't think heart transplantation will be a feasible alternative in [veterinary medicine] because of the donor problem," Dr. Gregory said. Dr. Walshaw agreed: "It's unacceptable to kill a healthy dog just to use his heart, and it's not feasible to collect organs from brain-dead animals, as done in human medicine." In a normal veterinary setting, it's simply not practical to keep a dog's heart beating and the organs filled with blood by artificial means after brain death, as is done in human hospitals. Indeed, most veterinary hospitals don't even have the equipment necessary to recognize brain death in dogs. Veterinarians usually recognize death only when the heart stops beating and breathing stops irrevocably - much too late for harvesting useful organs.

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len   Hull, International

3/9/2016 11:33:29 AM

We have a Maltese terrier who has a major issue with his liver, he has a stunt growing next to his liver is it possible to block it off and re-transplant a donor
liver.
We can supply all relevant information from our CT scan and all other relevant
information

Please help
us

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Len

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Ray   ALBANY, New York

11/13/2013 9:07:54 PM

I have a 5 year old Pomaranian which up until last week was in perfect health. All of a sudden she came in contact with some toxin and destroyed her kidney within a week. We are all devastated...We need a kidney transplant within the next 5 day's....PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE....I'll ReDo Your BathRoom....What Ever it Takes....Come on Robin Quiver's.....I need your help you have the connection's now....I've also been watching Howard on AGT for the last couple of years maybe with all the people he know's....Please log on to my facebook page Raymond Macygin and Look at Foxy my dog and tell me she not worth fighting for....God Bless You All For Trying

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93309   Bakersfield, California

10/13/2013 8:37:04 AM

The fact is, we do have a over population of dogs and cats, we euthanize these animals like crazy, I have 5 dogs that i love very much, i wish i can get a new heart for my Delilah who has a bad heart! Why not? Right before the SPCA kills them!

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