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Blood transfusion - is it right for my pet? Owner Factsheet

The term blood transfusion covers the administration of a number of blood products, eg red cells as well as whole blood, or just the plasma component. In fact, it is less common for pets to receive a straightforward whole blood donation than a particular component of the blood. Just as for people, there are now animal blood banks where donor pets give blood that is stored to be used in case of emergency. Each unit of blood taken at a blood bank is processed and separated into different parts so that every donation can be used to help multiple pets.

Why does my pet need a blood transfusion?

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Is it safe for my pet to receive a blood transfusion?

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Where does the blood for a transfusion come from?

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How is an animal prepared for transfusion?

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Will my pet be distressed by receiving the transfusion?

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How will the transfusion help my pet?

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Will a transfusion cure my pet?

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