Blood transfusions have many uses and can be critical, life-saving procedures. Canines and felines, like humans, have blood groups and can be blood typed. A type match for the donor and recipient is ideal but not always necessary for dogs. However, matching the blood type with cats is critical. Cats are different from dogs in that they must be transfused with type-specific blood, either type A, B, or AB. If a cat receives the wrong blood type, it can be life-threatening. Cats require specifications that often lead to them being unqualified to receive a transfusion. Our veterinarians will review other options if that is the case.
Blood loss through injury or other causes of bleeding, such as rodenticide (warfarin) poisoning can lead to death or make any use of anesthesia risky to treat underlying damage. Fresh blood normally makes a significant difference for your pet. Sometimes an animal’s immune system can attack its own red blood cells and blood transfusions are necessary to prevent fatal anemia whilst medical treatment is working.
Blood transfusions do involve a small degree of risk, such as transmitting diseases, but all of the donors at our facility are screened prior to their donation. However, mild nausea or sickness is normal for any pet receiving a blood transfusion.
If you have any questions about your cat or dog, please call us today and we will address your concerns.