Dogs have many blood types on the surface of their red blood cells and with the absence of test kits for all of these blood groups (except for DEA 1), it is mandatory to perform a reliable crossmatch test before any transfusion. Crossmatching aims to establish a serological compatibility between the recipient and the donor. Our canine major crossmatch test will allow you to pick up incompatibilities accross all canine blood groups (DEA 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, DAL…).
The determination of blood type is an essential process that ensures animals will benefit from transfusion support. Nowadays, a dog has a significant probability of being transfused once or more in their lifetime. Basic blood typing is essential to perform these first and subsequent transfusions as safely as possible and also to make the best use of the donated blood.
A Coombs Test or Direct Antiglobulin Test (DAT) is performed to detect the presence of antibodies against red blood cells. It is used in the diagnosis of Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA). IMHA is the most common cause of hemolytic anemia in dogs.