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View Poll Results: Should I just leave the cat for the duration or stay in town ti visit him daily?
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How are Buffy and Chad doing?
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I'm so glad everything went well! I truly wish all the best to you and your cats from now on!
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Buffy had a rejection episode last week. Our specialist after seeing his tests from the week before told me to get him right in last Monday and he was admitted. Cost me $3430 for either 4 or 5 days depending how they figure it before I got him back Friday evening for IV, transfusions, meds, tests, et al. He's fine now- eating and happy. And the Chadster is roaring around like a furry four legged train wreck, enjoying the first real home he's had after a research facility in NY which sold him to the U of GA vet hospital.

Here's what Buffy's surgeon Dr. Chad Schmiedt at the U of GA vet teaching hospital had to say when notified of Buffy's rejection episode:

"The good news is that this can be reversed and not negatively impact long term outcome. Early, rapid, and aggressive therapy will help with this. I will continue to follow this very closely."

and in reply to my questions to Dr. Schmiedt on rejection episodes:

"My perspective is that the rejection episode was caught early enough that I think minimal permanent damage was done.

I don't have data from the recent cats, although I would say I know several have had rejection reactions and have gone on to not have another and live 'normal' lives. In the cats we reviewed from UW (whose protocols I follow), we documented rejection in 8 cats, 2 cats did not respond to therapy for the reactions and were euthanized. The other 6 cats went on to die of other causes with a median survival similar to if they had not had a rejection.

So if you look at the data, I would be optimistic. That said, every cat is different and, unfortunately, veterinary care is expensive."

Dr. Schmiedt mentioned UW (Univ of Wisconsin) as he did his first kidney transplants there before moving to the U of GA Athens.
This is the doctor and vet hospital you want if you decide to save your cat with a renal transplant!

Hhe is taking cyclosporine which is the antirejection med and prednisolone, as well as clindamycin for toxiplasmosis- all of which he will have to take the rest of his life- but that's better than the eight prescriptions he was having to take before the operation as well as daily lactating Ringers electrolytes- which we both hated.


BTW, I thought I posted a recommendation on the benefits of pet insurance- I'm facing $22,000 in medical bills here and don't have it- I had to open a home equity line of credit which at least I will have ten years to pay off at low savings bank interest. But I can't find the post. I thought it might have been moved to the cat insurance section but I went through all four pages and it wasn't there. Consumer Reports did an article and survey on three pet insurance companies in their May issue and it's worth getting hold of. They only recommend one insuror- Healthy Paws- as worth it in what you get back.

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Bill in Cleveland

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