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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter, Issue #021 - Dog Blood Types
July 15, 2007
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Issue 21

Table of Contents

Do Dogs Have Different Blood Types?

First Aid Tips




Blood Types Just like humans, dogs have different blood types.

In fact, they have more blood types than people - approximately 8-12, which are referred to as Dog Erythrocyte Antigens or DEA followed by a number: DEA 1.1 positive, DEA 1.1 negative, DEA 1.2, DEA 3, DEA 4, DEA 5, and DEA 7.

Imagine for a very brief moment that your dog is in an emergency situation.

He may need to be given a blood transfusion as part of his recovery therapy.

Dogs that are DEA 1.1 negative are "universal donors", which means that their blood is the safest to give to most other dogs through a blood transfusion, without causing a negative reaction.

It's a good idea to have your dog's blood typed, in preparation for the quick cross-matching required in an emergency situation.

Ask your veterinarian about this test, which uses a blood typing card to classify dogs as DEA 1.1 positive or negative, in order to indicate how blood reactive they are.


Some short First Aid Tips

Known Poisoning If you or someone in your family sees your dog swallowing a known poison, call your vet for advice immediately.

Seek his or her advice quickly and take the rest of the poisonous agent and/or its packaging to the veterinarian if it is available.

This link will take you to a page on Dog-First-Aid-101 that talks more about Household Poisons.

This link will take you to a page on Dog-First-Aid-101 that talks more about Lawn and Garden Poisons.

This link will take you to a page on Dog-First-Aid-101 that talks more about Toxic Foods.

Choking Your dog may be gagging, or tearing frantically at its mouth with its paws.

Try to open his mouth and remove the obstructing object - note that you stand the chance of being bitten in doing this.

Look at the roof of the mouth, as sometimes sticks or bones get wedged across the top. In some cases a general anesthetic may be required to safely remove an object from the mouth area.

Even after you have removed the object, it's a good idea to get your dog checked by your veterinarian.

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