Feline donors to the rescue

By Connie Orcutt • Published: December 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

Just like dogs and people, cats can suffer trauma or catch diseases that result in blood loss or anemia. For these fragile felines, blood transfusions can be lifesaving.

But blood donation involves a few more risks for cats than it does for dogs. Most cats are not as easy-going as dogs and can become stressed during blood collection. Anesthesia helps, but in conjunction with blood removal, a cat’s blood pressure can drop, especially in the face of hidden health problems.

Calm, well-conditioned and fully vaccinated cats with a normal history are the best donor candidates. Blood pressure measurements, basic blood testing and cardiac tests will help your veterinarian look for health issues well ahead of blood donation.

Once your furry friend receives a clean bill of health, she just might become a hero to a feline friend in need.