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So for the reasons of how successful it is to do a kidney transplant on a pet, I am in desperate need of a transplant for my pet "Macho".

My dog Macho is in need of a kidney transplant. Unfortunately his insurance wont cover it. So we are seeking the help of our wonderful society.

"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 receiving an organ.

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.
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