Blood transfusion - is it right for my pet?
The term blood transfusion covers the administration of a number of blood products, eg red cells as well as whole blood, or just the plasma component. In fact, it is less common for pets to receive a straightforward whole blood donation than a particular component of the blood. Just as for people, there are now animal blood banks where donor pets give blood that is stored to be used in case of emergency. Each unit of blood taken at a blood bank is processed and separated into different parts so that every donation can be used to help multiple pets.