A cryonic kitty conundrum

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I’m beginning this weblog with an apology. I regularly like to make use of hyperlinks to different tales as an example a degree or present the place an thought originated from, however, sadly, this time that “learn by means of” is from The Solar.

I’m warning you now as I don’t need anybody to click on by means of who doesn’t wish to give The Solar their time or clicks.

Transferring on…

The story is about cryogenic freezing. Apparently, with prices lowering, the method is now going to be extra accessible – the truth is, it could quickly be cheaper than a funeral.

The method being mentioned within the article from The Solar is the place solely the pinnacle is frozen – that is what retains prices down. Nevertheless, with the arrival of entire head transplants, the prospect of “awakening” a head, and having the ability to connect it to a different physique or some kind of mechanical residing system so it may possibly reside once more, could be very actual.

A good suggestion?

This throws up enormous moral and ethical points, however my purpose for writing is to not debate these – but. However cryogenic freezing for pets does want dialogue – not least as a result of I’ve already been requested about it, and the story from The Solar made me take into consideration that very incident.

Let me take you again to my scholar veterinary nurse days – so sure, not latest, however some 15 years in the past. I labored between two branches of a gaggle of vets and one was cat solely.

TelephoneWhen it’s 100% cat folks, you get some humorous conditions. We frequently received phone calls folks felt we may assist with, however as we weren’t an RCVS specialist centre or a referral observe, I feel folks received confused.

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Many phone calls began with “I hear you‘re a cat specialist” and we must clarify the distinction.

Throughout my time there, I had some attention-grabbing phone calls. One, for instance, included a request to DNA take a look at kittens because the proprietor felt she had been offered a sterile stud cat.

One drawback – she didn’t have the kittens she needed to check. Apparently, she was going to take the DNA surreptitiously, and was searching for some recommendation…

That’s attention-grabbing

Then there was the “Do you do cryogenic freezing?” phone name. The reply was easy – we didn’t. However as the woman wasn’t a consumer of ours, I attempted to seek out out extra info to see if there was something we may assist with.

The precise scenario? The cat concerned was 18 years outdated, had superior renal failure and, most significantly, had simply been hit by a automobile and was dying in the course of the highway. The proprietor needed to freeze her cat so as soon as a approach to reverse renal failure or get a transplant existed, she would have her cat prepared.

I feel rather a lot was within the press on the time about renal transplants in cats within the US, so possibly this had been the motivator – that this might occur within the UK quickly, too, and her cat’s time was operating out?

Apparently, the necessity for the cat to obtain first assist wasn’t a precedence – my provides of recommendation and makes an attempt to seek out out the place the cat was have been rebuffed – and as we couldn’t present cryonic suspension, there gave the impression to be, in her eyes, little level in her bringing the cat to us.

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By no means thoughts

Will the rational utility of cryogenic freezing in pets be potential?

I’d go so far as saying the woman was truly actually aggravated we didn’t provide freezing, and appeared to suppose this was some form of “failing” for a cat-only vet observe.

She was insistent I inform her of someplace that would do it, so I did the unhealthy factor I’ve blogged about earlier than – I gave the RCVS and RVC as potential contacts, although:

  • they do various things
  • I knew the RVC wasn’t providing cryogenic freezing
  • I extremely suspected the RCVS didn’t maintain an inventory of vets providing this service

I did clarify this to the woman, however was reduce off from saying rather more as out of the blue, she declared the cat had died.

Now, I don’t know a lot about cryopreservation, however I do know the method wants to start on the level of loss of life. I additionally knew there wasn’t prone to be a cryo flying squad accessible to swoop on this cat at exactly the precise time.

Once more, I attempted to get the woman to take her cat to a vet observe to make sure it wasn’t struggling, however she appeared satisfied she didn’t have to. Regardless, by this level, it was throughout – for the proprietor, me and any try at cryonically preserving that poor cat.

So, what did I be taught and nonetheless marvel now? Advances in expertise are nice, and nearly assured (as #VNInnovation winner, I have to say that), however will the rational utility of those by homeowners to their pets be potential?

Solely time will inform…

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