It Is Important To Know Your Dog’s Blood Type!

As with humans, it is important to know your dog’s blood type if it ever needs a blood transfusion. There are many reasons to need one, but the most important is to be prepared and possibly save the life of the dog.
It is important to know your dog's blood type!

There are many people who do not realize that it is just as important to know your dog’s blood type as his own. Many people do not even know that dogs have different blood types. However, just by knowing it, you can potentially save your dog’s life if it needs a transfusion.

Dogs have 8 different internationally recognized blood groups. They all fall under the initials DEA (dog erythrocyte antigen) and go from DEA 1 to 8. The most common are 1.1 and 1.2. A dog’s blood type is identified and classified based on the shape of the membrane around the blood cells.

Dog licking hand

You will need to know your dog’s blood type if it has an internal haemorrhage, an accident or an operation that may require a blood transfusion. Unlike humans, dogs can receive any blood type during their first transfusion, as long as their body has not rejected it before.

But if your dog needs another one, it will need its own blood type. Otherwise, its body can repel the unknown blood type and risk its life. When two different blood groups are mixed in the dog’s blood, the red blood cells will be destroyed, and it can be life threatening.

The best way to figure out your dog’s blood type is by having your veterinarian perform a test, which is a short and simple procedure.

It is always good to be aware of your dog’s blood type because you never know when an accident may occur.

Here are some situations where your dog may need a transfusion:

  • Blood loss caused by disease. There are special diseases that can cause blood loss and risk your dog’s life. Transfusions are vital in these situations.
  • Anemia. This is another potential risk that your dog may need.
  • An accident. An accident can cause your dog to lose a lot of blood and it can be life threatening if they do not receive a transfusion.
  • A disease that contaminates their blood.

These are some of the main causes, but there are others.

Dog at the vet

So if your dog requires a blood transfusion, it must mean that there are dogs that donate blood. This is another reason to know your dog’s blood type. Even if yours does not need a transfusion (and hopefully never needs one), you can help others by becoming a donor.

Before your dog can become a donor, several tests will be taken to ensure that he is healthy. The dog will also need to have his vaccines in order, have a microchip and meet all legal requirements within his country. Once your dog has been approved to donate blood, a sample will be taken to determine its blood type.

Knowing which blood type it belongs to will give you peace of mind, because if your dog ever needs blood, you will be sure that it gets the right kind. In addition, it is invaluable that your dog becomes a donor and helps others.

Do not wait to find out what blood type your dog belongs to until something happens. It is best to know in advance and be prepared to save your dog’s life, and possibly the lives of others.

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