|Pibbles to the Rescue|
Today we got a notificatioin that our very own TIGGRRR (that's a T-I-double GGRRR) was saving a life with his most recent blood donation @ BluePearl. Unfortunately, we did not get approval to post the lucky recepient's photo BUT we can tell you the blood was used to help treat the small dog (less than 10#) for non-regenerative anemia. For Dogs, non-regenerative anemia (which is caused by a decrease in red cell production), the bone marrow response is inadequate when compared to the increased need and Dogs that become anemic quickly (especially when induced by trauma) may die because of the sudden loss in red blood cells and oxygen. Hyper-link to PetMD.
Donated blood saves pets' lives. For the same reasons sick or injured people often need blood transfusions that replace blood loss due to traumatic injury or surgery. Transfusions also are used to treat animals whose blood systems are not functioning well. Often, these are pets with diseases that attack their immune systems or diseases that prevent their blood from clotting normally--such as happens when pets and people suffer heat stroke. Other common situations when blood products (blood or plasma) may be used are with critically ill patients with cancer, anemia, clotting problems, internal parasites, heat stroke, or traumatic blood loss (auto accident, bite wounds)