Would you consider having your dog or cat join our blood donor program?
If your answer is yes, read on:
On a winter Sunday night, Oliver’s family veterinarian told his owner to bring him right over to our emergency/critical care service. Oliver was in critical condition. Our Intensive Care Unit jumped into quick action, giving Oliver a fast life-saving blood transfusion. As a result of the transfusion, and as our ICU team kept close watch, this sweet little man slowly started to revive. He sat up, lifted his head, and opened his eyes. But, the blood supply he received initially wasn’t enough. More blood was needed–and quickly–for Oliver to overcome his anemia and live. We desperately needed more feline blood supply, which can be difficult to come by.
Amber, an LVT with our Neurology Service, met this challenge by graciously bringing in her young cat, Mackenzie, to donate the additional blood supply needed to save Oliver’s life. And all of this happened during a snowstorm.
Thanks to Mackenzie, Oliver continued to rally and eventually started to regenerate red blood cells on his own. He fully recovered. There was a lot of joy in the ICU that day. But Mackenzie is the true Superhero of this story.
Mackenzie was in and out of our hospital within an hour from start to finish. She required very little sedation during her blood donation. And she ate like a champ right after.
Here’s Mackenzie on her way back home after saving another pet’s life by donating her blood at a very crucial time.
Polar donates blood to save another pet's life. Watch here.
Blood and plasma products are a lifesaving resource for pet patients who are critically ill or injured. Unfortunately, blood can be hard to come by in an emergency—when every minute counts.
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