Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Doggie Blood Donors...Are They the Right Type?

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Do you know your pet’s blood type?  Sleuth the Reporter Dog knows his and he wants all his friends to learn about the importance of animal blood banks and how you can help by donating your pet’s blood.  Check out these facts from the Veterinary News Network!

1) Just like people, dogs and cats have different blood groups.   Mixing two different blood groups can be disastrous!

2) Animal blood banks help prevent transfusion reactions by insuring each donor’s blood is properly typed.

3) Cats have three different blood groupings.   They can be type A, type B or type AB.   Most cats in the US are type A.

4) Some purebred cats, like Devon Rex, are more likely to have type B.   Very few cats have type AB.

5) Dogs have more than a dozen different blood groupings.   A common problematic blood type is DEA 1.1.   More than half the dogs in the US are DEA 1.1 positive.

6) If DEA 1.1 positive blood is given to a DEA 1.1 negative dog, initial transfusions might go smoothly, but any subsequent transfusions could lead to severe reactions and even death.

7) A cross match between donors and recipients is another way to help prevent potential problems during transfusions.

8) Cross matching helps veterinarians determine how well a patient might respond to a donor’s blood.

9) Ask your veterinarian about how your pet can help by donating his or her blood in your area.

10) Be sure to bookmark www.MyVNN.com as your source of accurate and up-to-date pet health information.