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Your pet may have been with you through the worst of your pre-transplant days, and pets can play a special part in your healing. But they also can pose risks to your health. Ask your transplant doctor how to minimize those risks to protect your health.

In general, you should avoid letting animals lie on your bed or where food is being prepared. As a post-transplant patient, you should not handle litter boxes, and you should not allow animals to lick your face. Some vaccines for pets may pose risks to an immunosuppressed person. Ask your physician for advice if you have a pet.

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