ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dog and Cat Blood Types

Updated on February 23, 2013

Do Animals Have Blood Types?

Blood types have been a discussion in my family since we found out that my blood type is AB- and different from my parents. My son asked for a Blood Typing Kit and then asked "Do you think Shadow (our dog) has a blood type? "

That question stuck in my mind until I could do some research. This of course lead me to other research. I was amazed at the information I found. It was not quite what I expected. Read on, and we'll get to the bottom of this question. I will only cover domestic dogs and cats.

Canine Blood Types

You might be surprised to learn that dogs have more blood types than humans. So far approximately thirteen canine blood types are known to exist. Eight of these blood types are the most established and currently are recognized as the standard.

These canine blood groups are known as DEA (Dog Erythrocyte Antigen). They can have positive and negative factors just as in humans. Only negative factor blood should be given to canines with a negative factor. However, a canine with a positive factor blood type can receive either positive or negative.

Canines with a positive DEA factor can be considered universal recipients. Dogs with a negative DEA factor are considered to be universal donors.

About Your Dog - Insurance for Your Pet is a Good Idea!

I Think There's Been a Mix Up at the Factory

Feline Blood Types

Cats are possibly one of the most misunderstood creatures on the earth. It should be very simple. They are the masters and we are their subjects. Easy, isn't it?

Their blood types are even much easier than a dogs. There are only three. A, B, or AB. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

All cats should have a blood typing test done to determine their blood type prior to a transfusion or breeding. Mixing blood types in cats can have very severe reactions. Most cats in the United States will have Type A, but once outside the U.S., Type B will show more frequently.

Blood Donors and Blood Banks

Have a Heart - Give the Gift of Life

Just as with humans, animals require blood transfusions sometimes. There are blood banks available but they require donors to keep the supply available.

To volunteer your dog as a donor, it needs to be between one and seven years of age, at least 50 pounds, in good health, not on any medication except for heartworm/tick prevention and current on all vaccines. He/She must be able to remain calm and well-behaved during the donation procedure. A potential donor will be blood typed and only those with a universal dog blood type are accepted. The procedure takes between 15 and 25 minutes.

If you're interested in having your pet become a blood donor, contact your local veterinarian or emergency animal clinic.

Cat donors are typically not volunteers. Many feline blood banks have their own in-house families of cats. Cats rarely will sit still or be calm during the procedure, so they are usually mildly sedated.

Who Can Resist Puppies and Kittens?

I hope I've given you the information you were seeking when you ended up here.

Now, I have a question for you. Do you have pets? How many and what kind? I love all animals and would love to hear about yours :)

Dog, Cat or Other?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Great information! I didn't know any of it! I have cats right now, but have had a dog, horses, rabbits, a goat... etc. :)

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      This is an interesting topic as I don't believe I've ever read an article on dogs or cats requiring a blood transfusion. I wonder about that.

    • Ram Ramakrishnan profile image

      Ram Ramakrishnan 

      8 years ago

      A very interesting lens.

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile image

      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      I had no idea...never thought about this, but guess I should ask my Vet what my dog's blood type is for his records, we never know when an emergency could occur. Thank your son for asking this question :) Blessed by an Angel...and bless all those cute little puppies and kittens :)

    • Heather426 profile image

      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      2 dogs too small to give blood, 3 pounds, and 11 pounds, and a tortoise also too small to give blood.(15 pounds) Also I know they would not like the procedure! some good info here!

    • Richard-H profile image


      8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I hadn't even thought about blood types for cats and dogs, and didn't realize about the donor issue either. With three cats, it's something I'm glad I learnt about today :)

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      This is a really cool lens and that is a totally awesome question! I love all of the pictures All of these little fur babies are adorable!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)