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Blood and Plasma Transfusions

One of the services offered by our veterinary team are blood and plasma transfusions for dogs, cats and our other patients. These are often performed to help treat chronic illnesses or injuries. If you have any questions about these treatment offerings that have not been addressed on this page, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team.

Why would a pet need a blood and plasma transfusion?

When your pet in unfortunately diagnosed with a disease that prevents them to produce enough blood and plasma on their own, they may need to receive a transfusion. Some the conditions that would require for our team to perform a blood transfusion are: anemia, blood clotting and severe bleeding from an injury or accident.

Where do veterinarians get blood for the transfusions?

Veterinary teams like ours receive blood from local animal blood banks. Before we choose a donor, we assess your pet to see if they are a good match. Once a match has been made, the entire process of the transfusion itself can take anywhere from 1 to 4 hours.

Are blood transfusions for pets safe?

Yes. The vast majority of blood transfusions are not only safe but also very effective. A small minority of patients may experience slight side effects like fever, skin hives or vomiting after their transfusion although these symptoms rarely ever occur.

How much does a blood transfusion for a pet cost?

For the rates of our latest and most up-to-date services, please kindly call our team and one of our staff will be more than happy to address your inquiries.

Last updated: August 8, 2022.

Dear Clients,

We look forward to seeing you all in person. Your health and safety are important to us. Here is what you can expect during your next visit in regards to our COVID-19 precautions:

  • Masks are mandatory for anyone that wishes to come inside our hospital.
  • Only one client is allowed in the exam room with their pet.
  • We also request that clients refrain from using our emergency line for anything other than true emergencies

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call at (902) 564-8356 Sydney.

    Please note the phone lines may be busier, but we will get to you as soon as we can. We have zero tolerance for verbal abuse.

    Again, we thank you for your patience and co-operation during this trying time.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:

    AMC – Sydney

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    AMC – Reserve Mines (Temporarily Closed)

    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Animal Medical Centre