Langford Veterinary Services has a very active cat clinic and we have a strong interest in all areas of feline medicine. One area that we are particularly interested in is anaemia (low red blood cell counts) and bleeding problems in cats. Over the last few years we have been involved in a number of research projects that have been published or presented internationally.
Recently Boris came to us with a very severe anaemia. He required a blood transfusion and had a bone marrow sample taken which identified that he had a condition that was attacking his bone marrow. He was started on treatment with drugs to dampen down his immune system and responded really well to this. He is now completely normal and doing very well with no recurrence.
Boris survived due to our ability to provide him with a blood transfusion in our Intensive Care Unit. This relies on cat owners providing their pets as donors. Blood donation in cats usually requires sedation of the donor! As sedation does carry a small risk we are very careful to screen all our donors to ensure that the donation has minimum risk to them. Because of this we are really interested in evaluating a training programme for pet cats who are interested in becoming blood donors. This may mean that we are able to take blood from donors without sedating them removing all risk from the donor.
If you are interested in offering up your cat as a blood donor, or interested in being involved in the training programme above please contact us. Blood donors need to be <7 years of age, vaccinated and completely healthy. Your pet will receive a full evaluation including blood tests and heart assessment to screen for underlying disease.