Dog saves life of cat by donating its blood for blood transfusion (video)By Mason White 5:34 PM October 7, 2014
By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A cat is alive thanks to a generous dog that donated its blood, doctors in Florida said.
The sick cat identified as Buttercup, is recovering at home after the procedure at the Marathon Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. Sean Perry, who performed the transfusion, said that blood transfusions between species are not common in veterinary medicine, but they are an option in some cases.
Buttercup did not have much time to wait for a cat to donate blood, but the vet hospital had dog blood on hand. Cats and dogs have different blood types, Perry said.
However, dogs have a universal blood type and are larger, so their blood is often available in animal blood banks.
Buttercup’s owner brought it to the hospital after noticing that the pet was very lethargic and did not want to get up. Now, Buttercup is at home and doing very well.