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Companion Animal Practice
Blood transfusions in the dog and cat Part 1. Blood collection techniques
  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.


THE use of blood transfusions in veterinary practice has increased dramatically in recent years. Practitioners therefore need to be able to collect and administer blood safely when a transfusion is indicated. One of the major obstacles to blood transfusion in veterinary practice is the absence of appropriate donor animals. Identification of possible donors in advance of blood requirements allows life-saving transfusions to be administered quickly and safely. Here, in the first of a two-part article, the selection of appropriate canine and feline donors and the safe collection of blood are discussed. Indications for blood transfusions, the administration of whole blood and blood products, and associated transfusion reactions that can occur in dogs and cats will be covered in the next issue.

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