In what situations may my pet need a blood or plasma transfusions?
For example, acute hemorrhage due to road traffic accidents, anemia or blood circulation system failure, chronic blood parasitism, excessive blood losses due to surgery, platelet insufficiency or coagulation dysfunction, low protein sickness.
Why does my pet have to perform a blood test?
Blood transfusions with unmatched blood types carry a risk of acute hemolytic immune responses which can be life-threatening. These tests are performed to avoid these reactions.
What are the blood types of canine & feline? What is the blood type of Universal Donor?
There are 3 blood types for feline (A, B & AB) and 8 blood types for canine (DEA1.1, 1.2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8). Universal Donor means an animal’s blood is suitable for all blood types and there will be no undesirable responses after transfusion.
The universal blood type for canines is DEA1.1 negative, while there is no universal blood type for felines.
Which animals can be the blood donors?
Requirements of Blood Donors:
• Age 2 – 8 year-old
• Not pregnant
• Weight: 20 kilograms or above for canines; 4kg or above for felines.
• Tame character with good general health
• Does not have endocrine disease, immune-mediated disease, neurological dysfunction, common infectious disease or heart disease, etc.
• Does not have external or internal parasites and heartworm disease.
What is the blood donation volume in each time? How frequent the blood donation can be done?
The blood donation volume for feline is 60 ml (11 – 13 ml/per kg) and it can donate blood for every 3 – 4 weeks.
The blood donation volume for canine is 400 ml (16 – 18 ml/per kg) and it can donate blood for every 2 months.