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Why should your dog or cat donate blood?
There are many different conditions in animals that can be treated with donated blood, including trauma (like when an animal is hit by a car), anemia, and even cancer.
Blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. Blood can be separated into these various components depending on the pet’s needs.
Red blood cells are given when an animal has anemia (low red blood cell count). This could be due to bleeding from trauma, toxicity, or cancer. Other causes of anemia include the body destroying its own red blood cells because of an autoimmune disease or infectious disease. There are also chronic disease that can interfere with the body’s ability to make it’s own red blood cells.
Plasma contains proteins and factors that can help to clot the blood. Plasma can be given to patients with certain toxicities, liver disease or when protein values are very low.
Cryoprecipitate is used to treat VonWillebrand’s disease and hemophilia a, which are inherited bleeding disorders.
Charlie the Chocolate Labrador had eaten a large amount of a rat poison. Rat poison kills rats by preventing blood from clotting. After Charlie ate the rat poison, his blood couldn’t clot normally and he started to bleed on the inside. His owners didn’t know he had eaten the rat poison until Charlie became very weak and his gums turned white. Charlie developed severe anemia and almost died. Thanks to a blood donor, his doctors were able to give him a plasma transfusion to restore his ability to clot his blood AND several packed red blood cell transfusions to replace the blood he had lost. That was 8 years ago, and Charlie has been going strong ever since.
Do dogs and cats have blood types like people do?
Cats and dogs do have blood types, but animal blood types are not the same as human blood types. they are different from humans and they are different from each other.
Cats have the blood types of “A” or “B,” or rarely “AB.”
Canine blood typing is more complicated. There are at least 6 different blood types in dogs! The blood types have names like DEA 1, DEA 3, DEA 4, and so forth. (DEA stands for dog erythrocyte antigens.)
If you are interested in having your dog or cat enrolls in the blood donor program, they will undergo some blood tests that will tell us what blood type they are. For dogs we are looking for the "universal donor" type and for cats, all blood types are needed.