McKinney Emergency Veterinary Clinic is fully staffed and equipped to provide critical care for any unexpected pet illness or injury. We are proud to offer potentially life-saving emergency transfusions to stabilize our four-legged patients as we evaluate their concerns. Our team is committed to delivering the highest level of care and service!
Is Your Pet Eligible for a Transfusion?
McKinney Emergency Veterinary Clinic is well-equipped with the latest in diagnostic technology. The first step in determining any course of treatment is a clinical evaluation, lab work, and, if needed, ultrasounds or digital x-rays. Once we diagnose the underlying cause of your companion animal's emergency, we will begin treatment immediately. We may recommend blood, plasma, or antivenom transfusion, if needed, to address your pet's urgent needs.
What Are the Types of Transfusions?
Here are the types of transfusions we most often administer at our emergency clinic:
Blood Transfusions: Many of our patients require life-saving blood transfusions due to illnesses such as anemia or blood loss resulting from injuries. Cats and dogs, just like humans, have blood groups and are blood typed. Cats are more challenging to match with donors than dogs, so we will review other treatment options if your feline friend does not qualify for a blood transfusion.
Plasma Transfusions: A plasma transfusion involves using only the plasma, the liquid part of the blood, to treat certain emergency conditions. We often recommend this potentially life-saving therapy for pets after ingesting anticoagulant rodenticides, which are poisons used to exterminate rats, mice, and other rodents by preventing blood clotting. Plasma transfusions can also help our furry patients with low blood volume and clotting diseases.
Antivenom: Bites by venomous snakes are sometimes life-threatening to our furry patients. Pit viper bites often require antivenom, sometimes known as antivenin. Unfortunately, snake bites are extremely painful and can cause serious tissue swelling, blood clotting abnormalities, and tissue death. Administering antivenom is the best course of treatment, especially when given right after a venomous snake bite. The sooner your companion animal receives treatment, the better. A blood transfusion may be necessary in some severe cases, especially if there's a delay in starting treatment with antivenom.
Emergency Transfusions Near Me
At McKinney Emergency Veterinary Clinic in McKinney, TX, we strive to ensure that the animals in our care receive life-saving therapies as soon as possible. Our emergency blood, plasma, and antivenom transfusions continue to save precious lives day after day!