Where do veterinarians get blood for animal blood transfusions?
When humans need transfusions, they can usually get them easily, thanks to organizations like the Red Cross that sponsor blood drives across the country. Animals also regularly need transfusions, but finding appropriate donors can be much more difficult.
Generally speaking, veterinarians are responsible for finding their own sources, and to keep their supplies consistent, they’ll often rely on a few reliable donor animals. These are often pets belonging to the clinic’s staff.
When donors aren’t available, veterinarians can buy through blood banks. However, it has to be properly typed; dogs, for example, have at least eight different blood types. Cats have three blood types, and certain breeds are more likely to have certain blood characteristics. Samples also need to be checked for infectious diseases before the donations are used for transfusions.
“Dogs in general are very tolerant of other dogs’ red blood cells,” veterinarian Jonathan Bach told the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Cats are different, and it is more important that they have a compatible crossmatch.”
Because of this, veterinary clinics prefer to keep tested universal donations on hand. That often means periodically bringing a few animals in to get the necessary blood. Some clinics also have onsite donors, which are animals cared for by the clinic that often come from shelters where they would have been euthanized.
The good news: Donations aren’t a big deal for the animals. A typical transfusion takes about 7-10 minutes. Dogs are rarely sedated, but cats usually are, since they’re more likely to experience stress during the procedure.
After full testing, the donations are often separated into their components (plasma, platelets, and white and red blood cells) to meet the needs of different patients. This allows each donation to help as many animals as possible.
If you’re interested in making your pet part of a donor program, contact your local veterinarian or veterinary school. You’ll typically receive a free health screening (including otherwise costly bloodwork) for your pet, and you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with doing a good deed.
In the United States, yes, there are many more small animal veterinarians than large animal veterinarians. However, this proportion changes depending upon the geographic region you are talking about, and in many developing countries there are many more large animal veterinarians than small animal veterinarians.
Chemotherapy, radiation and some diseases such as aplastic anemia and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) can cause unsafe low levels of blood cells. Using donated blood, transfusions are a way to temporarily increase the number of blood cells. There are different types of blood transfusions to match the types of blood cells a patient may need. Many patients get blood transfusions after a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. These could be transfusions of red blood cells…
Most patients who have a major surgical procedure, will have a blood transfusion to replace any blood loss during their surgery. Blood transfusions are used for patients whom have experienced serious injuries from car crashes or natural disasters. Individuals with an illness that causes anemia, such as leukemia or kidney disease will often be the recipients of blood transfusions.
Very effective - Most transfusions are done to replace blood lost during operations or accidents etc. The purpose is to restore the patients blood pressure back to normal levels once the reason for the loss has been addressed. Many transfusions to restore blood pressure are done with plasma rather than 'whole blood'.
Yes. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly called the "Mormon" church) accept blood transfusions and any other modern medical procedures. Medical treatment choices are made by the individual patient, not the Church. Jehovah's Witnesses do not accept blood transfusions.
Currently, veterinarians are projected to be in moderate demand over the next few decades. However, small animal veterinarians may be in low demand, while large animal/farm veterinarians are likely to be in high demand. In addition, non-practice veterinarians (federal, public health, regulatory veterinarians) are also likely to be in very high demand.
No. Blood transfusions are not an acceptable medical treatment for anyone who is a JW. One can receive treatments and surgery that are blood free and perfectly safe. == Blood transfusions for Jehovah's Witnesses are now down to personal conscience, but they are widely discouraged. But ultimately this doctine has been taken completely out of context, and other teachings of God are being ignored.
Which group does not allow blood transfusions because they believe that taking blood into the body is morally wrong?
The group is know as "Jehovah's Witnesses". They believe that receiving blood transfusions are the same as drinking blood, which is stickily forbidden in the old testament law and repeated in the new testament book of Acts where Gentile believers were to "they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication." The problem comes down to whither or not transfusions are drinking blood or not.
The Dominicans are a Catholic religious order. The Catholic church takes no position against Blood transfusions as a normal medical practice. The Jehovah"s Witnesses and Christian Science ( two separate faiths) are OPPOSED to blood transfusions- and a good deal else! I have never even seen questions about Blood Transfusions in any Catholic religious q and a columns- including those on the internet such as Catholic friendus. no red light. Pun intended) on the cross…
Yes, veterinarians can and do get hurt treating animals. Small animal veterinarians tend to have needle sticks, slips/falls, bites from aggressive animals. Large animal veterinarians also have needle sticks and slips/falls, but are at more risk for injury from exposure to the elements and kicks from animals.