Pet Blood Transfusion

Blood work is sometimes needed for animals, much like humans can need transfusions. This process is a delicate one that requires special attention from experts in the veterinary science field. We provide the best care possible when dealing with transfusions so that you don't have any anxiety or concern.
Recent advances in veterinary medicine have brought treatments to pets that rival those that people receive. With these advances, the necessity for and occurrence of blood and blood product transfusions has become more common. There are many different reasons that pets may require or benefit from a blood transfusion. Some of these reasons are the same as the reasons that people may need a transfusion while others are different.

Severe parasite burden

  • Flea anemia
  • Whipworm anemia
  • Blood parasites


  • Trauma
  • Surgical complications
  • Ruptured mass or tumor
  • Rat poison ingestion
  • Congenital bleeding disorder (such as Hemophilia)
  • Gastrointestinal ulceration (often associated with certain medications)

Immunologic disease

  • Immune- mediated hemolytic anemia
  • Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia

Bone marrow disease/suppression

  • Certain cancers, such as lymphoma and leukemias
  • Toxins (lead, estrogen)

Various other diseases

  • Pancreatitis
  • Parvo
  • Chronic kidney disease
Dogs and cats each have their own blood typing system and can only receive blood from their own species- The basic feline blood typing system consists of types A, B, and AB. About 95% of cats in the United States are type A, about 5% are type B, and are type AB. While any breed can be any blood type, Type B is more prevalent in breeds such as Devon and Cornish Rexes, and American, British, and Exotic Shorthairs. Cats should only receive transfusions with blood of their own blood type.

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