At AREC, we see many patients that require emergency blood transfusions.
Trauma such as a car accident, rodenticide (rat bait) toxicity, or any number of diseases may all mean that a blood transfusion is required for your pet.
AREC is able to offer this life-saving service and help critically ill patients survive. This is due to generous blood donations.
We rely on voluntary donations from our local pets, to help meet the needs of patients that require transfusions. The (blood) needs between cats and dogs vary significantly, therefore we have created 2 separate pages here on our website to give you all the information you need. Please take the time to read what is involved, and the health criteria for those animals who may be able to be one of our life saving heroes.
The biggest difference is that canine blood can be refrigerated and stored for a given period of time. Feline blood cannot. We therefore have a system in place where we have canine blood stored routinely for those regular emergencies we see here at AREC. Having said that, sometimes the need is greater than what we have stored. So we also have a register, where pet owners can list their details for us to contact in times of patient emergencies. We give pet owners the ability to nominate times and days of the week that you would be happy to be contacted. We understand, that even though we may be a 24/7 facility, you may not want to be contacted at irregular hours!
This register is therefore especially important for our feline patients! As we can’t store feline blood, we need to have contacts and potential donor information ready.
For more information and to register dogs, please click here.
For more information and to register cats, please click here.
Would you like to know more about the process of pets giving blood? We have created this video, which shows, much like humans giving blood, it’s a relatively painless process – with a treat to say thanks at the end!