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Dear Vets,

I am a dog parent of an otherwise healthy Shetland Sheepdog who has recently succumbed to cirrhosis of the liver and who has been given a week to live. A partial or full transplant is her only hope.

I have contacted a number of vets, including a Prof. of Vet Med from UC Davis. Their consensus is that my only hope is to find either:

1. a human liver transplant center/school who uses dogs for practice (or drug research) or

2. A Vet school that does liver transplants for research

I am steadily contacting every one I can find, but have had no luck thus far.

Does anyone have any knowledge or recommendations?

I am based in Maryland but would travel anywhere on Earth to save my dog.

Many thanks,
Jason

PS Her appetite has completely vanished for several days. I got an anti-nausea medicine for her, but she still isn’t eating. Any suggestions on that front would also be greatly appreciated.
 

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Hmm. Organ transplants are very rare for companion animals. The only organ transplant I know of in the states is renal done in cats with PKD. International may be a different story. Unsure there. I’d wonder how diffuse the liver disease would be and if the benefits of a lobectomy would outweigh the risk and recovery.

we can’t give medical advice for your pup. Best bet would be to call her vet and swe what can be done for the nausea.
 
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