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Companion Animal Practice
Blood transfusions in dogs and cats 2. Practicalities of blood collection and administration
  1. Jenny Helm

    Jenny Helm graduated from Glasgow in 2005, after which she undertook a small animal rotating internship at the Royal Veterinary College and spent a short time in small animal practice. She subsequently returned to Glasgow to undertake a residency in oncology and internal medicine and where she is currently oncology clinician at the small animal hospital. She holds the RCVS certificate in small animal medicine and is working towards the European diploma in internal medicine.

  2. Clare Knottenbelt

    Clare Knottenbelt graduated from Bristol in 1994 and worked for a year in mixed practice. She subsequently undertook a residency in small animal internal medicine at Edinburgh, after which she became a lecturer at Glasgow, where she is currently a senior clinician in small animal medicine and oncology, and head of the division of companion animal sciences. She holds an MSc in feline transfusion medicine and the RCVS diploma in small animal medicine.


Part 1 of this article, published in the May issue of In Practice (volume 32, pp 184–189), described the properties of different blood products in transfusion medicine and outlined how they might be used to best effect in veterinary practice. However, despite the increasing availability of such blood products, veterinary surgeons still need to know how to collect blood in emergency situations, and how to administer blood and blood products safely. As there is currently no blood banking system available for cats in the UK, collection and administration of blood in‐house remains the only alternative for this species. This article discusses the selection of appropriate canine and feline donors and describes how to collect blood safely. In addition, it highlights the problems associated with the selection of feline donors with appropriate blood type.

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