Cat And Dog Become Blood Brothers
17 Oct 2014
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When Buttercup, a cat in Florida, Miami was admitted to Marathon Veterinary Hospital by his owner, little did he know that he will be able to hang onto one of its nine lives, all thanks to a life saving blood transfusion from an unlikely donor - a dog!!
Buttercup was admitted after his owner noticed that the young cat was unusually lethargic, had lost his appetite and had collapsed a couple of times. After a complete blood workup and tests, Dr Sean Perry, a veterinarian at the Hospital diagnosed that Buttercup’s red blood cell count, or packed cell volume (normal range is between 35 - 50; for Buttercup it was 7) was dangerously low and that Buttercup needed a blood transfusion urgently else he will not be able to survive.
The problem arose when there was no cat blood on hand for immediate use and any delay in acquiring the same would not work in favour for Buttercup. Luckily the hospital has a supply of dog blood on hand. Like humans, some dogs have a universal blood donor type which is compatible with any other blood type. Though interspecies blood transfusions or xeno transfusions are uncommon or unheard of and have not been thoroughly researched and hence not recommended, Dr. Perry saw it as the only option to save Buttercup. Luckily for Buttercup, the transfusion worked marvelously and he is now back home and doing absolutely fine!
Source: Business Insider India