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 anaemia while 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.
Here at Animal Critical Care and Emergency Services, we are pleased to offer our patients PRP therapy to help them in their recovery.
PRP therapy is short for platelet-rich plasma therapy. We draw blood from a patient, and at this time we isolate the platelets from the blood, making platelet-rich plasma. Applying this blood directly to an injury speeds up the healing process. It has been used successfully for skin, bone, and soft tissue injuries. It is also great to use for wounds that are having trouble healing.
PRP therapy works by using a patient’s own blood so that there is less of a chance of a reaction. We also use a sterile, closed system because the safety of our patients remains the most important to us.
We are so pleased to be able to offer PRP therapy to help our patients heal.
If you have any questions about your cat or dog, please call us today and we will address your concerns.