Specimen: Whole blood
Container: EDTA (purpletop)
Collection protocol: Collect as for CBC
Special handling/shipping requirements: As for CBC
General information about the test:
Cats have three blood types, A, AB and B. Cats have natural antibody against other blood groups. Type B kittens have high levels of anti A antibodies and acute transfusion reactions can occur when type B kittens are given transfused. Type B cats should only be given type B RBCs and type A RBCs should never been given to type B cats. RBCs from type B cats can be given to type A or AB cats.
General information about when this test is indicated: Severe blood/RBC loss, haemorrhage