A beloved animal is your best friend. To hear a doctor say you have to give up your pet in order to get a kidney transplant is a nightmare. There are mixed messages in the healthcare community about having a pet and receiving a kidney transplant. Dr. Rafael Villicana, the Kidney Transplant Medical Director of Loma Linda Medical Center and Lori Hartwell discuss the general precautions to take to keep your furry and feathered friends and prevent the risk of infection. Learn what you need to do and which animals need an extra level of care so transplant recipients can stay healthy.
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Hosted By Lori Hartwell
Lori Hartwell is the Founder & President of Renal Support Network (RSN) and the host of KidneyTalk®, a radio podcast show. Lori was diagnosed with kidney disease at the age of two. In 1993 she founded RSN to instill “health, happiness and hope” into the lives of those affected by chronic kidney disease. Lori is also the author of the inspirational book Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness and is a four-time kidney transplant recipient.
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