BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS | Animal Emergency Clinic

By: Animal Emergency  05-Apr-2012
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Knowing when to transfuse and having access to the appropriate blood products are crucial. At the Animal Emergency Centre we store blood products for dogs, and hold a list of blood typed and tested donors for both dogs and cats. Cats are particularly fickle and without cross matching to select an appropriate donor, transfusion reaction is a real threat. The first hour of administration is most dangerous, and dedicated monitoring is necessary during that time. Without skilled staff, the correct blood delivery equipment, the blood products and the experience it would be a nervous business embarking on a transfusion. As a veterinarian it feels good to have the systems in place to ensure the best possible outcome for each transfusion we do.

Providing an emergency service is not just about being available at 3am. For the Animal Emergency Centre it is about being the best we can be in order to give each of our sick patients the greatest possible chance of survival.

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