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What is Blood Transfusion?

A blood transfusion is a medical procedure used in dogs to treat symptoms of anemia caused by disease, surgery, toxicity, or trauma. The goal of blood transfusion is to treat symptoms caused by anemia by replacing red blood cells so that proper oxygenation of organs can occur. Blood transfusions are most often used in acute situations such as acute hemolysis or blood loss, but can also be used for chronic conditions such as immune mediated hemolytic anemia. Not all patients with anemia require a blood transfusion. Blood transfusions are administered by a veterinarian in the veterinary clinic. 

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Blood Transfusion Procedure in Dogs

Before receiving a blood transfusion, your dog will be cross-matched with the donor blood to determine compatibility. This is especially important for those patients who received a blood transfusion more than three days prior and need another transfusion. Your dog may also have coagulation testing done to determine the need for a plasma transfer. Blood transfusion is typically done to stabilize a patient with symptoms of anemia. It may need to be repeated until the primary cause of anemia is managed. There is no need for anesthesia for a blood transfusion to be performed. 

After preliminary testing is done to ensure your dog is a match with the donor blood, an IV will be placed for the blood transfusion. If a catheter is already in place, a separate line will be added to ensure that only the blood product is traveling in the line. The transfusion could last from one to four hours. One hour for patients who are unstable and have life threatening signs of anemia and four hours for patients with mild to moderate symptoms of anemia. 

Once the transfusion is done, your dog will be monitored for several hours to ensure that they are stable. Your veterinarian will check your dog’s vital signs and perform blood tests to monitor the resolution of the anemia. Your dog will also be monitored for signs of an adverse reaction such as vomiting, increased respiratory effort, edema or hives.

Efficacy of Blood Transfusion in Dogs

Blood transfusion in dogs is effective in restoring blood cells lost to anemia and alleviating the symptoms caused by that blood loss. The effects of transfusion are not permanent and last only as long as red blood cells remain in the system. It is important to address the primary cause of the anemia in order to have a more permanent effect on health. Treatments related to blood transfusion include plasma transfusion and platelet transfusion. These additional transfusions are able to supplement other vital blood products such as clotting factors and platelets, however, they cannot be used on their own in place of a blood transfusion.

Blood Transfusion Recovery in Dogs

After a blood transfusion your dog will need to be monitored closely for several hours for signs of an adverse reaction. Adverse reactions can be acute or delayed in nature. Typically, adverse reactions only happen in dogs that have received multiple transfusions. There will be signs of improvement within the first 24 hours as the body accepts the transferred blood. Full healing will take place only after the underlying cause of the anemia is properly treated.

Cost of Blood Transfusion in Dogs

Units of blood for transfusion can cost $100 - $300 each. Total cost for the procedure depends on the amount of blood needed for the transfusion.  If several transfusions are needed during the course of a hospital stay, treatment could cost $1,000. However, in cases which a couple of units of blood are needed to replace blood loss during surgery treatment could cost $200. 

Dog Blood Transfusion Considerations

The most common risk associated with blood transfusion in dogs is the potential for an acute reaction. Your dog will be monitored after the transfusion to ensure that, should any reactions occur, they are managed immediately. Other risks associated with blood transfusion include sepsis from contaminated blood, and the spread of bloodborne diseases (parasitic and viral) from donor to recipient. These risks can be mitigated by testing all donor animals for viral, parasitic and bacterial diseases and examining any blood product before use for signs of contamination. Blood transfusion in dogs provides rapid, life-saving relief while the conditions that led to anemia are managed.

Blood Transfusion Prevention in Dogs

The conditions and situations that could lead to a blood transfusion are varied and some are more preventable than others. Immune conditions such as immune mediated anemia are unfortunately not preventable, but can be managed with medication once a diagnosis is made. Emergency situations resulting in great loss of blood and cancer that result in anemia are also difficult to prevent completely. While those causes of anemia are more unpredictable and difficult to prevent, there are several ways to prevent anemia due to other causes. 

Regular flea and tick prevention serves to prevent anemia caused by tick-borne diseases by ensuring that ticks do not have a chance to bite your dog. In addition to flea and tick prevention, keeping your dog free of internal parasites, such as intestinal worms, prevents anemia due to the blood loss from parasites. Ensuring that your dog does not have access to foods such as onions and garlic prevents anemia due to toxins.

Blood Transfusion Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

roxy
Rottweiler
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

Our 8 yr old female rottie had an infected toe and the vet said she had low platelette levels and wanted to do a transfusion b4 surgury to remove toe. They gave her a transfusion, but her neck swelled up and he was concerned and didnt want to perform the surgury. This was on friday. He wanted us to come back monday for another blood test and maybe do the surgury. So saturday she was ok, Sunday am started vomiting gooey blood/mucus. Took to ER but dog died in car. Did he botch the transfusion?

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Almond
German Shepherd
15 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Licking at Genitals
Rapid breathing
Swollen Joints
Low oxygen
Tail twitching
Blood In Stool

Medication Used

Carprofen

My dog Almond was a German Shepard mix. He would have been 15 next month. He had DM starting the last couple months so needed a lot of assistance walking and started on something called “carpeotein” I believe to help but despite it was such a happy dog with a great appetite. He did not mind being carried and laying in the sunshine and being spoiled. He was also prescribed pain 2 meds every 8 hours in case the grind legs were hurting him. Saturday night he didn’t eat his food for the first time ever. We thought perhaps it was because he’s extremely stubborn and spoiled In his old age and we were out of his new favorite food and switched to a temporary one till we could get more from the vet in a couple days. I also noticed this odd twitch of his tail that looked like a wag but wasn’t. The next morning we had the food he loved and he ate it excitedly as always but then seemed disinterested in a treat later that day, which is extremely abnormal. He took the treat but wasn’t excited. I should also note that he’s always been a nervous dog (thunder storms; separation anxiety; etc) and over the last couple days leading up to Sunday his breathing seemed more rapid ... but then he’d relax or sleep so it was hard to tell. Also to note ... the last few weeks he had been licking his penis compulsively and having diarrhea and switching the food and other vet prescribed medications to harden him up seemed to work but then starting maybe 2 weeks ago he was having blood in the stool which we were told could be colitis, and since his throat lymph nodes were swollen maybe an infevtion or lymphoma. But the vet gave us a powder antibiotic which if it’s an infection should resolve the bloody stool in a day, which it mostly did. However there were still tiny amounts of blood in the stool. But again he was happy and hungry all through the diarreha weeks up until this Saturday night when he didn’t want the other dog food. When he didn’t want the treat on Sunday morning i was extremely concerned but had to leave for work. My mom stayed with him and said he had two more bowel movements, and seemed ok until about 8:30 he was breathing fast and yelped once or twice. When I got home around 10 he was breathing incredibly rapidly and his eyes were locked open in a stare and he kept turning into his body and the tail twitching was happening. We rushed him to the ER where they said his blood oxygen was at 30 and falling Even on oxygen and that the vet was pretty sure she could feel a mass in his abdomen and that he must be leaking blood somewhere in the rectum which would explain the bloody stool. She thought lymphoma because of the swelling I mentioned earlier in the throat and behind the legs. She said a lot and it’s hard to remember but a transfusion was one of the things. There was something else mentioned I think about maybe blood around the heart? I know the heart and blood surrounding were mentioned but I can’t recall the details it all happened so fast. She said his prognosis even starting treatment was very poor and if it were her dog she’d think about the alternative, which is what we did. But I can’t help but feel like we gave up on him. The cost wasn’t an issue. I don’t remember what the list of treatments were but it was about $1300 which I would gladly pay. I guess I’m reaching out because I feel we could have treated him and bought him a few more months or year on average based on my research about lymphoma treatments. I’m beating myself up immensely feeling like we killed him when all he needed were these treatments, and then he would be ok and we could have extended his life a few more months even days of extending his life and happiness would have been worth any price to me so I’m just in agony and I can’t heal because I feel like we could have done that and it’s killing me. I tried to call the vet to have her talk to me and explain again where I could process more and hopefully tell me that because of many factors combined that a transfusion wouldn’t have likely even bought time because of how low the oxygen was and what not and then he would have passed on a table scared away from his family. I haven’t heard back yet. I know I’m fishing for validation but unless it’s true I can’t begin to accept :’(

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From your description, it does sound like letting Almond go was the kindest thing for him, given all the things that were happening. Sometimes, this is a kindness, as difficult as it is for us. He isn't suffering, which is the important part. I am very sorry for your loss.

Almond will be waiting for you @ the Rainbow Bridge.To be brave enough to keep him from suffering, is the ultimate gift a human can give to a dog.
Our 2 yr. Old Greybound is fighting in the doggy ER right now. An immune disorder has caused him to hemmorage. We're waiting to hear if we need to go in.
Say a prayer for Geno,ok?

A 15 yr old German Shepherd lived s beautiful full life and you did a selfless loving thing letter her Rest In Peace. The prognosis sounded very poor for long term even if the blood transfusion helped for a day or two. Do not best yourself up over the what if’s and I’m sure the vet who was with you during the emergency would agree that you made the right decision. Which, you, at that given moment knew 💯 was right o do. We always question the what if’s after bc our minds like to cause us more heartache 😘

I am very sorry for your loss with Almond. I recently lost my 12 year old Havanese to lymphoma. We did everything medically possible and she still passed away three days after her first chemo treatment. The treatments can be just as hard as the disease on the dog.

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Tuffy
Basset Hound
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Hello yesterday I got a call that my dog I have to rehome. A year ago was hemorrhaging and at deaths door!! They rushed her to vet, (back story she had given birth almost 5 weeks ago)
Vet said uterus was full of blood n clots, her blood count was 12, they managed to stop the hemorrhaging, and get her from extremely critical to critical, she needed surgery, but she wouldn't have made it, we did a blood transfusion her blood count went to 29, they did surgery and removed her uterus.
And I went and picked her up.
My question is what should I watch out for? Her heart rate seem elevated at times and rapid breathing, she is starting to get color back in her gums. But should I be taking her to my vet? Or is this normal as her body is trying to catch up?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is not unusual for a dog to have rapid breathing after surgery like this and may also be still low on blood count so the body may be breathing more rapidly to get enough oxygen into the body; this is something which should be monitored going forward. I would visit your Veterinarian and monitor the blood counts and other parameters to make sure that Tuffy’s recovery is going to plan. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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teaspoon
Shih Tzu
12 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Anemia
anemic

my shihszu had a blood transfusion a month ago every thing was going great now she has platoed her count is 32 good wait gain but starting over again licking walls picky about her food will eat chicken i cook but getting same memo again

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Teaspoon may be having a recurrence of her condition, it is hard for me to say without knowing the reason that she was anemic or what medications she is on. If you are noticing a decrease in her appetite and strange behaviors, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian for a recheck.

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Rigby
Collie
15 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Blood In Stool

My dog had rat poisoning and was in hospital for 12+ hours due to bleeding into chest. She had a blood transfusion and is now on vitamin K. She just had the transfusion at 11 pm last night. Is it normal that her stool is very dark today? They said there was no evidence of further bleed but I just want to know what is normal after a transfusion and treatment for rat poison (which we still have no idea where it came from).

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dark stool may be an indicator of digested blood from a bleed in the upper gastrointestinal tract; the vitamin K would help with clotting and the blood transfusion should help with other factors like platelets and replacing lost blood volume. Rigby should continue to receive vitamin K injections and should visit your Veterinarian regularly to monitor prothrombin time which is a measure of clotting ability. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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lily
Shih-Tzu
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog had two blood transfusions and they can't seem to know why she kept peeing straight blood they didn't see any cancer or anything that was a week ago they sent her home today she's yellow and she is laying around she is alert but won't move can't stand up hardly she's a 9 year old shihzu is this normal after a blood transfusion?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Lily is jaundice (yellow), this would indicate that there is an increase in red blood cell destruction which may be immune mediated, poisonous or infectious; the blood in the urine may also be due to poisoning or other causes. She cannot stand up probably because her body is weak and doesn’t have enough red blood cells to service the whole body. If Lily is at home, return to your Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
mix of pomeranian and bichon
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

low level of blood and oxygen from the blood test

what is the % of saving my dog's life in blood transfusion?
How much treatment is needed and how much it will cost?
Not eating hard breathing pale skin difficult to stand and walk

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The benefits of a blood transfusion vary depending on the underlying cause affecting the patient; many times which oxygen carrying ability, low platelets or low blood volume is present Veterinarians will recommend blood transfusions to stabilise a patient during a stage of recovery. Each underlying cause is different, there is no set percentage increase in prognosis if blood transfusion is used; but in the cases where it is used it will help to increase blood volume, oxygen carrying ability, help with clotting etc… which all may contribute to a better prognosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Richie
Doberman Mix
10
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

IMHA

Medication Used

blood tranfusion of 500ml is done
given anti vomit medicine
drip on Dentrone

hi, Doc.
I would like to enquire for IMHA disease. One of my dog were having this problem. He started to vomit all his food that he ate on sunday night. and refuse to eat anything. So we thought is because he ate something that we dont know. Until the next day my mum discover that his urine is inRed and now it looks like a coffee colour. He was sent to the Vet Clinic nearby my house. He was given a Dentrone Drip for the past 3 days. Until today i found 2 donors that are willing to bring their dog for blood donation so that my dog can have a blood transfusion. But after the blood transfusion, his condition is still weak. He even vomit out what he ate. For the past few days, what he eat he will vomit out. Is there any cure to stop his vomit and let him to improve better.kindly advise

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In a case of immune mediated hemolytic anemia, the mainstay of treatment is to decrease the level of red blood cell destruction by suppressing the immune system by administering corticosteroids (like prednisone) as well as giving supportive care; blood transfusion may help but is usually short lived due to the continued destruction of red blood cells by the bodies immune system. If a single medication isn’t effective, another medication like cyclosporine may be used together with the corticosteroids. Other possible complications may cause the condition of Richie to deteriorate and would also need to be managed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
http://veterinarymedicine.dvm360.com/imha-diagnosing-and-treating-complex-disease

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Tyson
american pitbull
8 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Coldness
Burst spleen
Amnemic

HI my dog Tyson a American pit bull got very cold let nite didn't want to go walking or neting he was brough tho the vets and had his spleen removed and it was cancerous he said he problem not gone to survive the nite got the call sis morning the Tyson is still alive and his only hope is a blood transfusion and my sisters dog is given it to him I'd say he lost most of his blood lst nite after the spleen burst and the surgery, Wat at his chances of survival??

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I don't have any way of knowing Tyson's chances for survival without knowing his lab values and physical condition. It seems that your veterinarian has his situation under control, and if his spleen was removed and the transfusion was successful, he may recover well. I hope that he does well.

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Keira
Papillon
5 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Pale Pink Gums
Poor Appetite
Low iron
Anemia
Diarrhea
Lethargy

My dog is currently in vetinary hospital having a blood transfusion. She has had her heart scanned which showed a slight shadowing but they didn’t think it was a tumour, she’s had her stomach checked and there’s nothing untoward. Her bloods have come back with anemia and a low iron count but she’s not producing red blood cells and has a count of 9. What could this be? She’s a young dog, only 5 and I just want to get some answers as we’ve gone through everything from possible rat poison to Addison’s disease to a bone marrow defiency.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Keira has non-regenerative anaemia which may be caused by a variety of conditions which may include nutritional deficiency, kidney disease (kidneys release erythropoietin which stimulates red blood cell production), bone marrow disorders as well as infections, cancer, hormonal conditions, poisoning among other causes; further diagnostics are required which may include bone marrow aspiration to help determine the underlying cause. A blood transfusion is a short term fix for the blood counts, but the underlying cause needs to be determined. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/condition/non-regenerative-anemia www.msdvetmanual.com/dog-owners/blood-disorders-of-dogs/anemia-in-dogs#v3200895

My dog has been experiencing similar things as Keira, but we have not done the bone marrow aspiration yet. Please update with her results if you are able! Thanks :)

Keira was diagnosed with non regenerative anemia, the cause of which is yet to be found. She’ll be having a bone marrow extraction today. I currently have 4 other dogs with diarrhoea and sickness. Could this be related?

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Jellybean
Labrador Retriever
9 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
High heart rate
Anemia

Our 9 yr old Lab is weak, not eating her food, anemic, and her crits keep dropping. Woulda blood transfusion help her or are we just prolonging her agony? Need some advice.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is important to determine why her red blood cell count keeps dropping, is it a decrease in production or an increase in destruction - if there is a decrease in production, a blood transfusion will help in the short term whilst further testing is done; if there is an increase in destruction, the blood transfusion will help for a shorter period of time. In both circumstances a blood transfusion will only give symptomatic treatment but would have little effect on the underlying condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jaxon
Border collie aussie
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy and nausea

My dog is having a plasma transfusion because his ibuterin (spelling?) is low. He had surgery a few days ago to remove a toy squeaker that he swallowed. A foot of intestine was removed due to tearing. What are the risks? All of his vitals are good except this one thing. And the vet said if we could have gotten him to eat, the transfusion would not have been necessary. I am so afraid of losing him.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Plasma transfusions are useful for a variety of reasons since plasma contains various different blood components apart from the blood cells themselves. A plasma transfusion will correct a deficiency in the short term but the underlying issue would still need to be corrected. The transfusion itself is simple and straightforward with minimal risks, but your Veterinarian will be able to go over these with you. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucky
Golden Retriever
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic
pale gums and tongue
Loss of Appetite
Diarrhea
Low blood oxygen
Fever

My dog has pale gums, low hemoglobin, low cortisol and I believe it was low t4. She's lethargic, won't eat any dog food( dry and wet) and urinates frequently as she drinks alot of water and has a fever. Im not sure but her stool looks like there's blood in it. I believe she has anemia, she's an 8 year old golden retriever and her results says she doesn't have cancerous cells. I was wondering what the procedure to treat the possible internal bleeding and infection would be, does she need surgery of any kind and medication during or after?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Treatment would be dependent on the underlying cause; if there is an infection, treatment would consist of antibiotics (or drugs against parasites etc…) along with supportive care; if there is internal bleeding, stabilisation and surgery would probably be required to stop the bleeding; if there is a tumour (if) again identification and surgery coupled with chemotherapy would be needed. Supportive care for all these would include fluids, electrolytes, dextrose, blood transfusion, oxygen etc… Without a diagnosis, a treatment plan cannot be made. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dolce
Cockapoo
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Low red blood count
Urinating blood
Low platelet
Blood transfusion
Second blood transfusion

We took our dog for a walk as normal, we noticed there was a hint of red in his pee. We made an appointment the next morning at his vet to check it out. They took a blood sample and urine sample and said his pee was really red from one day to another. They gave him an anti infection vaccine and sent him home to await the results the following morning. Within the course of a night he discharged a large amount of blood that we rushed him to a VCA hospital as his vet did not have the equipment to treat the situation. We were told he had low blood count and low platelet count and was at risk of passing away. He had his first transfusion and his blood count went up but when monitored later it showed a decrease again. The doctor recommend a second blood transfusion, which is what is happening at the moment. They ruled out any mass in his liver, and are awaiting the tick infection results, they also said it could be an immune deficiency, and they said they noticed his bone marrow attempting to produce red blood cells. He has been eating which the doctor says is a good sign. However we feel that with every bit of good news we receive we also have more to worry about, we haven’t been able to have a sense of relief not knowing how this situation will play out... how likely is it for our dog (baby) to survive.. we are sitting at the edge of our seats awaiting positive news.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a decrease in the red blood cell and platelet count which is occurring again after the blood transfusion, I would be thinking about Evans Syndrome which is a rare autoimmune disease where there is immune mediated hemolytic anaemia and immune mediated thrombocytopenia. Other causes like infections, parasites, poisoning as well as liver and kidney disease should be ruled out first. I’ve included a link to a reputable source on Evans Syndrome, but it is just something to consider. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.cliniciansbrief.com/sites/default/files/attachments/MYD_Rare%20Autoimmune%20Disease%20in%20a%20Dog.pdf

HEY. My husky has started having dark coloured urine for a week. I initially thought it was concentrated, but I figured its haematuria. Then we got him tested , he was diagnosed wit tick fever and started on iv antibiotics. His blood report showed very less hb(5.5) and less platelet (35000). Kindly help us knw the prognosis and the need for blood transfusions

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Kylo
Heeler mix
5 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sluggish
Sleepiness
does not eat

Medication Used

Metronidazole Suspension
Pancur Suspension

How long can my dog wait to get a blood transfusion? He's anemic, and sluggish will not eat so I have to force feed him. I give him his medicines, water, food, pedialite, and mutli-cal vitamins. Im currently waiting for my vet to call the place to get a transfusion for him but I am a nervous wreck.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The urgency of a blood transfusion is dependent on many factors including the underlying cause of the anaemia, how quickly the red blood cell count is dropping, the current red blood cell count among other parameters; I’m sure your Veterinarian will get the blood for transfusion as soon as possible, but I cannot give you a specific time frame for when Kylo will need it. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Raassee
German Shepherd
7 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Anemia
Anemia, continuous vaginal bleeding

My 7 year old german sheperd has pyometra and needs to undergo surgery today,but she is too anemic and the doctor says blood transfusion is a must in her case. I want to know if there is a possibility for the uterus removal surgery to work without blood transfusion, (incase i can't get a donor in time).

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the red blood cell count is too low, a transfusion must be made before surgery; I cannot say without knowing the severity of the anaemia whether she could tolerate surgery or not without a transfusion, but if your Veterinarian states that a transfusion is required before surgery then that is their judgement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Coco
Morkie
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy
Lethargy, no appetite, blood count way off
Lethargy, no appetit

I have a 10 year old yorker/Maltese mix. She is lethargic and no appetite and now very low energy. She just started on prednisone 3 days ago and no change. Her blood counts are off the charts red very low and white very high basically anemic. Our Vet is recommending a transfusion, what do you think?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If red blood cell counts are very low, a blood transfusion would be useful to buy more time whilst the diagnosis process is occurring or whilst you are waiting for treatment to become effective. It is very important to note that a blood transfusion isn’t a cure but a symptomatic therapy which is useful in buying time. It looks like their may be some infectious cause of red blood cell destruction (I may be wrong) which would need to be addressed as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Could the infection be treated with antibiotics?

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Pippa
Border collie poodle mix
9 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Anemia
Vomiting
Lethargy
Blood In Stool

Our 9 week old puppy has hookworms. We have had her dewormed three times in the past week. She was acting great and lively. This morning she was throwing up clear bile and pooping out slimy blood. Her energy was low and she did not want to eat. We took her to the emergency vet immediately. They have her overnight to do a blood transfusion, because she was very anemic. But we are concerned about her making a full recovery. If she was already dewormed three times, what else can we even do? Please help. My husband and I are very worried for our sweet Pippa.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes of anaemia and bloody stools which may include infection, colitis, parasites (both intestinal and blood borne), foreign bodies, poisoning among other causes. Severe anaemia in dogs is either attributable to an increase in destruction of red blood cells, a decrease in production or an increase in bleeding; the underlying cause needs to be determined so that treatment may be directed effectively. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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TT
Chihuahua
1 Year
Critical
Has Symptoms
Anemic
My Chihuahua ate a penny and almost died. We rushed him to the pet hospital and tested for low blood and required a blood transfusion. Vet removed the coin and came home a few days later. Came a few days later and that nite became pale and was very weak. Rushed him back to hospital and needed a second blood transfusion.