In most cases cats and dogs just don't get along. Many
people think that the two are just not compatible. Indeed, they are
quite different. Earlier this month a veterinarian discovered that they
are compatible in one very important way -- especially for one cat in
Tauranga, New Zealand who had his life was saved by a very uncommon procedure.
When Rory the cat accidentally ingested rat poison he needed help fast. His owner, Kim Edwards, rushed him to the vet. The cat was in a lot of pain and could not move. He needed an immediate blood transfusion to save his life.
However, there was a big problem. They didn't know his blood type and receiving the wrong blood could kill him. It was Friday night and the laboratory was closed so they couldn't type Rory's blood. The vet called a companion animal blood bank in another city and asked their advice.
The result of this conversation led to the vet trying a cross-species transfusion. It is a very risky procedure, but since Rory would die for sure without it they decided to go ahead -- there was nothing to lose at that point.
Edwards called a friend of hers who owned a black Labrador retriever and asked for the dog to become a blood donor. Macy, the dog, was rushed to the vet in a dramatic mercy dash.
Before the transfusion Rory was flat, gasping for air, and howling in pain. An hour after the transfusion he was up, purring, and snacking on kitty biscuits. No doubt there were some dog biscuits in it for Macy as well.
So how can this work? It turns out that cats do not possess pre-formed anti-bodies for dog blood so the chances of having a fatal reaction to it are reduced. Blood from any young, healthy, large breed dog would have made a suitable transfusion.
The good news is that Rory is completely back to normal and has shown no desire to bark or play fetch. Too bad. Then he REALLY could have made news.
Source: The New Zealand Herald