Pets need transfusions for the same reasons that humans do, including surgery, toxin ingestion, heat stroke, cancer, trauma and disease. Veterinary Emergency Service harvests animal blood products for use in these life saving transfusions.
If your dog or cat needs a transfusion, VES can help. Our purpose is to provide the blood products necessary to save your pet's life.
One of the most common reasons among dogs for a blood transfusion is ingesting rat poison. There have been an increasing number of dogs accidentally eating rat poison. To help provide the pets with clotting factors and or red blood cells, a transfusion is needed. "We do have a high success rate," Dr. Dave Wirth said. "The sooner owners bring their poisoned animals in, the higher the chances for survival."
The blood and plasma collected are used for cats and dogs that visit both our west side clinic in Middleton and our east side clinic in Madison. As in humans, there are different blood types in cats and dogs. There are three types of cat blood and eight types among dogs.
All of VES donors are dogs and cats of VES employees. As the demand for these life saving blood products grow we will be opening this program to outside donors.