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Hello Doctor
I got my kidney transplanted on 27 November 2010. So far all my reports are normal.I am married and my doctor said it will be a risk to have a child of my own. I have a dog but since my transplant they are not living with me.I wanted to bring them back from the shelter.My question is can i keep him with him?  
I will be highly obliged if you please answer my question.

Thank You.

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Sayani,

Thanks for asking my help on Allexperts. Most pets can remain in the household. However, transplant patients who own or wish to adopt pets should note the following concerns and responsibilities:

• Have your new pet checked out by a veterinarian right away.

• Take your pet to the veterinarian for regular vaccinations, worm treatments, and check ups.

• Give your pet a balanced diet.

• Your pet’s living area must be cleaned weekly. Litter boxes must be cleaned daily. It is best if the transplant patient does not clean up animal feces.

• Wash your hands with soap and water after handling or cleaning up after animals.

• Treat your dog or cat for fleas and ticks, which are a potential source of infection.

• Always wash your hands after handling reptiles, (snakes, lizards and turtles) as they may carry salmonella. Reptiles are not recommended as pets.

You and your pet should avoid contact with wild animals, which can carry deadly diseases, such as rabies. Rodents can transmit plague and hantavirus. Ticks can transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and lyme disease. To discourage wild animals from nesting near your home, keep your house clean, keep tight-fitting lids on food and garbage containers, and do not leave food or garbage containers outside your home when they are not in use.

Chlamydia and other infections can be transmitted by birds. Transplant patients should not have birds as pets, should not care for chickens or pigeons in coops, and should avoid contact with bird feces.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shah

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I can answer all questions related to kidney diseases, hypertension, plasmapheresis and kidney transplantation. I am an Indian-Board certified Nephrologist. I was a post-Doctoral Scholar at the Division of Nephrology & Hypertension,Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego. My area of interest is Critical care Nephrology and Acute Kidney Injury.

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Alternative Website
http://www.syndeohealth.com/doctors/shamik-shah/91

Experience

Ten years as a Critical Care & Transplant Nephrologist

Organizations
International Society of Nephrology
Indian Society of Nephrology
Indian Medical Association
European Renal Association


Publications
- Shah SH, Cerda J. Acute Tubular Necrosis; Lerma, Edgar V., Rosner, Mitchell eds. Clinical Decisions in Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation. Springer ISBN 978-1-4614-4453-4, pp. 191-198
- Shah SH, Cerda J. Management of Acute Kidney Injury; Lerma, Edgar V., Rosner, Mitchell eds. Clinical Decisions in Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation. Springer ISBN 978-1-4614-4453-4
- Cerda J, Tolwani A, Shah SH, Ronco C. Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies in Modeling and Control of Dialysis Systems edited by Azar AT, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany (In Press)
- Shah SH, Cerda J, Kellum JA. Acute Kidney Injury in Special Circumstances. John Kellum, Jorge Cerda, eds. Renal and Metabolic Disorders, Oxford University Press (In press)
- Shah SH, Mehta RL. “Anticoagulation in CRRT: Is Citrate better?”; Vineet Nayyar Ed. Critical Care Update 2009, Jaypee Brothers (In press)
- Shah SH, Mehta RL. “Non-dialytic management of acute kidney disease”; Evidence based Nephrology, BMJ, (In press)
- Shah SH, Mehta RL. “Epidemiology of Community-acquired AKI”; Ronco C, Bellomo R, Kellum J Eds. Critical Care Nephrology, Saunders. ISBN 1-4160-4252-0
- Abdeen O, Shah SH, Mehta RL; “Dialysis therapies in the surgical intensive care unit”; William Wilson, Christopher Grande, David Hoyt Eds. Trauma: Resuscitation, Anesthesia, and Critical Care, Informa Healthcare, NY 2007. ISBN 0-8247-2920-X
- Shah SH, Mehta RL. Acute kidney injury in critical care: time for a paradigm shift? Curr Opin Nephrol Hypertens. 2006 Nov;15(6):561-5.
- Shah, SH, Soroko S, Lischer E, Mehta RL. Delivered vs. Prescribed dose of Dialysis in Hospitalized Patients: Results of an Audit. J Am Soc Nephrol 17(Abstracts Issue): 2006, 107A.
- Shah SH et al “Biochemical Nutritional Parameters in Non-vegetarian and Vegetarian CAPD patients” Perit Dial Int 2001; 21 Suppl 2: S1-182


Education/Credentials
MBBS, MD (Internal Medicine), Diplomate of National board (Nephrology), ISN Fellow

Awards and Honors
Educational Ambassador of the International Society of Nephrology 2010
Fellowship of the International Society of Nephrology 2005.
Young Investigator Award by the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis 2001

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