Blood Transfusions

Packed red blood cellsBlood transfusions have many uses and can be critical, life-saving procedures. Blood loss through injury or other causes of bleeding (rodenticide poisoning, flea anemia, intestinal parasite related) can lead to death or make any anesthesia to treat underlying damage very risky. In these circumstances, fresh whole blood or frozen plasma can make all the difference. Sometimes, an animal’s immune system can attack its own red blood cells (immune-mediated hemolytic anemia), and blood transfusions are necessary to prevent fatal anemia while other medical treatments are working.  Hawthorne offers whole blood, albumin, plasma and packed red blood cell transfusions.

Blood transfusions are performed at our Glen Carbon location.  They can be done for referral patients, we just ask that your regular veterinarian send medical records and call our vet on staff before transfer. 

Plasma