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Blood Banks for Cats – Why We Need Them

By: Dr. Jon

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Never underestimate the power of blood. Just as human blood banks save many humans lives - animal blood banks can also save pets. I have saved many a dog and cat by giving a blood or plasma transfusion.

The most common reasons cats require blood are:

  • Flea anemia - Yes, the cat has so many fleas that it becomes anemic. This is especially common in kittens or compromised cats.

  • Feline Leukemia Virus - commonly called fe-leuk or FeLV

  • Feline Immunodeficicey Virus - also known as feline aids or FIV

  • Hemobartontella – an infectious disease also known as hemobartonellosis or feline hemotropic mycoplasmosis

  • Bleeding

  • Bleeding secondary to a disease called Autoimmune hemolytic anemia

  • Rat poison ingestion and bleeding tumors (often one called hemangiosarcoma)

    Click on the links to each of these diseases to get more information if you are interested. They are all relatively common and all can require a blood or plasma transfusion to treat the disease.

    Here is an interesting article on how animal blood banks work.


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