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Companion Animal Practice
Blood transfusions in the dog and cat Part 2: Indications and safe administration
  1. Clare Knottenbelt

    Clare Knottenbelt graduated from Bristol in 1994. She is currently the Clinical Studies Trust Fund (Petsavers) resident in small animal internal medicine at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. She gained the certificate in small animal medicine in 1997. Her interests include feline blood types, transfusion medicine and haematology.

  2. Andrew Mackin

    Andrew Mackin is a 1983 graduate of Murdoch University. He has worked at veterinary schools in Australia, Canada and the UK, and has obtained specialist level qualifications in small animal medicine in North America, Australia and the UK. He recently left the 'Dick' to take up the post of assistant professor in small animal internal medicine at Mississippi State University.


TECHNIQUES for the collection of blood from donor dogs and cats were described in the last issue in the first part of this article (pp 110-114). Here, the indications for blood transfusions are reviewed and the safe administration of blood and blood products discussed. The recognition and management of transfusion reactions is also addressed.

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