Very little known to owners, blood donation also exists for pets and can save lives.
How does it work?
To begin, the veterinarian performs a health assessment and a blood test to determine your pet's blood type. Dogs have eight blood types, and cats have only three in total. Unlike canines, kittens must receive blood from a donor with the same blood type. Most of the time, the blood is taken from the jugular vein without sedation... if the animal is calm enough. The blood collection is free of charge and lasts about half an hour.
As with humans, the animal may feel slight fatigue after the heroic act. This side effect is largely compensated by the snack provided after the effort (kibbles, piece of meat...).
What are the conditions?
An unknown practice
Like us, some animals, when injured or sick, sometimes need blood transfusions. The blood of your dog or cat could save their lives. But many pet owners don't know this. According to a survey published in the Vet Record magazine, 70% of pet owners do not know that their pet can give blood.