Vet in New Zealand transfers blood from a dog to save poisoned cat

The procedure seems unthinkable, but it actually helped.

Agence France-Presse reports via that veterinarian Kate Heller in New Zealand extracted blood from a dog to give to a cat "that was fading fast" after eating rat poison.


The report explained that Heller was forced to use dog blood to transfer to the cat brought in by her patient because the feeble feline's condition was deteriorating quickly and "there was not enough time to send a sample to the laboratory for testing to determine the cat’s blood type." Michelle Whitmore, Heller's friend, volunteered her Labrador as a doggie blood donor.


Although it was Heller's first time to perform an inter-species blood transfusion, she and the pet owner were both relieved that the operation went well. The cat is reportedly "back to normal" as an active and playful pet.


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