|Pibbles to the Rescue|
Immediately after donation, the body starts to replace the blood that was given. However, repeated blood donations over a relatively short period of time can lead to anemia, and should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. For this reason, after a donation is made, dogs and cats in this program only donate every two months.
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)