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Pets post transplant?

Hello all.

I recently joined and wondered if some could share their experience with having pets post transplant.

I have two dogs which are essentially my kids. I was told by the transplant team that it is only necessary to have the dogs out of the house for about the first 30 days after coming home. I understand that everyone is different so would welcome hearing some real life experiences.

One dog is a new puppy that should be potty trained by the end of the year. I would primarily be wondering if in fact it is dangerous to even be in the vicinity of poop (like outdoors in the yard) or if handling is the only issue.

I made the list for a liver transplant last February and will have my exception points become effective near the end of October, so might be dealing with the reality soon. 

Thanks for any input! :)

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  • I had a liver transplant in 2010 I have a cat I don't know about dogs but I didn't have to do anything about my cat when I cone home hope this helps

  • I have two little dogs that do not shed, are 7 to 10 lbs., have slept with me for over 7 ½ years (ever since I received my transplant) and are the loves of my life. They do not eat poop, I keep the toilet shut, they lick me on the check and ears, but I do not let them lick me on the mouth or noise, and I feed, water, clean, bath, groom, and pick up their poop. Still living. Use common sense and just be smart.

  • I had my transplant a little over 3 months ago. I have 7 cats and two little dogs. I was terrified about losing my pets which is why i joined transplant friends i found encouragement. I eventually worked my way around drs and pets. I didn't come home for the first 30 days. I did visit and always wore a mask. When i came home i slept with my dogs a few times but decided my grandson was off to college so id use his room. He'll be home in dec so ill move back to my room. I visit with my pets during the day, i wear a mask and after the cats walk all over me i take a shower. I will sleep with them again but i think i will always wear a mask the little dogs like to lick. I always wash my hands. I fold up the puppy pad myself they,are completely indoor pets all of them but my daughter does the cat boxes. 2 cats in my room and two cat boxes. Dr told me the cat box shouldnt be a problem as long as im not got my nose down to them haha but i do leave the room when they are changed for about an hour just incase of the dust. I keep the long haired cats cut short so theirs less shedding.  They are so important to me i just couldnt let go. It has worked out well. My one cat just dx with diabetis and i am so thankful to God that i have been able to care for him. If i had found a home for him and they would not have treated him it would have been devastating. Just be diligent hand washing mask and gloves and let someone else do the litter if you can. 

  • I'm 10 months out of a heart transplant and have a black lab.  I do pick up his poop, but I wear a mask and gloves just to be on the safe side.  Although my doctors said dog feces aren't as bad as cat feces, it never hurts to take precautions for the first year or so.  Of course after I'm done, I wash my hands.  

  • My transplant team was very liberal regarding pets.  At the time of transplant we had two cats.  The team told me not to clean the litter pans.  They also said whenever they get shots to keep my distance for a couple of days.  I also used hand sanitizer after petting them - still do.

    They told me since they were already in the house that they provided more benefits than negatives.  I will be 11 years out next week.  Never have had an issue.

  • hi  i am 7 months post liver and kidney transplant.  i have a small dog.  doctor said a dog was ok i pet her and she sleeps with me in bed. i have to make sure i wash my hands after i pet her and use purell   when i first came home i did not let her lick my face, mouth or anywhere near my stitches.  doctors said to not pick up her poop or pee .  my husband does that for me when she walks outside they said a dog is safe but you have to watch out for cats, its the litter boxes and the urine and also birds, their feathers and poop at the bottom of their cage that is bad

  • I had a kidney transplant 5 1/2 months ago, and we have 3 cats and one dog.  After the transplant I came home  to all pets.  I was careful and tried to not let the cats step on me, kept a blanket on my lap. and I also did not clean cat boxes for about a month.  After that I did with a heppa mask and gloves.  I walk my dog almost everyday about 3 - 3.5 miles....


  • We have dogs and chickens and I’m a year and 9 months out.  I’m careful, using a mask and gloves, when cleaning the chicken coop, and am careful picking up dog poop, but I’ve had no problems.  The dogs are older.

  • I had my kidney in 2002 and my pancreas in 2008, In both cases, since my txs were far away from home, I didn't get back for about 45 days (so pet free for that time). At another time we pet sat for a friend for 30 days after her transplant. I've lived with pets my entire life (including my transplant life) and never had a problem

  • The problem with pets is they often drink out of the toilet and may lick you in the face when your asleep or awake ... I don't think its worth it ... a healthy Male lost his nose and legs because his pet licked him on the face ... this was in the news about 3 weeks ago .. be carefull  .. blessings to you ..

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