Animals and Blood Types
Ian A. York
iayork at panix.com
Fri Dec 29 14:55:04 EST 1995
In article <pkmartinDKD2ID.Aut at netcom.com>,
Stock up and save. Limit one. <pkmartin at netcom.com> wrote:
>and served to "donate" blood for surgeries. he asked whether animals
>have blood types (sounds like a loaded question to me, so be patient
Animals do have blood groups. In some cases (eg cattle, as I recall) the
groups are much more complex than in humans. In others (as in cats) most
are of one type (>90% type A in cats). The risk of a single transfusion
is low, as the odds of a pre-existing response to the transfused blood is
slight. Subsequent transfusions, of course, make the risk higher.
I think there are specialized labs for typing animal blood. In most
cases, of course, this isn't done (as the transfusion is an emergency).
I think you can do quick-and-dirty in-house assays to check for
reactions. I suspect that many clinics don't do even this, and play the
odds when necessary; but I'm not an expert by any means.
Ian York (iayork at panix.com)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney St., Boston MA 02115
Phone (617)-632-3921 Fax (617)-632-2627
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