Zansi, A Bull Terrier, Gets Kidney Transplant

Here's something you don't see everyday, an article on a dog getting a kidney transplant. At the University of Pennsylvania surgeons are getting ready to...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Sep 5th 2008


Here’s something you don’t see everyday, an article on a dog getting a kidney transplant. At the University of Pennsylvania surgeons are getting ready to try and save the life of an ailing 14 month-old bull terrier, Zansi, who is suffering from a diseased kidney.

The surgery, which will take place at Penn Veterinary Hospital, will be headed up by primary surgeon Dr. Heidi Phillips. Zansi’s twin sister will be donating a kidney to help save him.

“We’re only able to do dogs that are related to each other. We need a related donor in order to give a kidney to the recipient in order to minimize the amount of side effects,” said primary surgeon Dr. Heidi Phillips.

I wonder if they got Zansi’s sister to the hospital by telling her they were taking her to the park. She’s not going to be happy when she wakes up in a backless white gown and an IV in her arm.

We hope all goes well for both Zansi and his sister. A special thanks to Bo’s friend, Eddie, for sharing this story.