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We Have A Match: Tranfusion of Canine Blood Saves Cat

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Meet Buttercup, an orange tabby who faced a serious health crisis: anemia.  According to veterinarians, Buttercup had 7% red blood cells compared to the 35% seen in healthy cats.  The cause of Buttercup’s severe anemia is unknown but the solution was clear: transfusion.  However, living in the Florida keys posed a hurdle: it would take hours to fly in donor cat blood but canine packed red blood cells were on stand-by.  So, in a procedure dubbed “xenotransfusion” Buttercup was infused with canine red blood cells over four hours.  Following the transfusion, Buttercup was back on her paws and showing not signs of canine behavior.

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(Buttercup back to normal. Image Credit: Marathon Veterinary Hospital)

To date, this procedure has been performed on 63 other felines to positive outcomes.  Why cats are able to sport cross-species blood transfusion is unknown.

Read more about Buttercup at KeysNet via the Daily News

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