What is the Universal dog blood type? The most important canine blood type is DEA 1.1. Dogs that are DEA 1.1 positive (33% to 45% of the population) can be considered to be universal recipients, in that they can receive blood of any type for their first transfusion without expectation of a life-threatening Hemolytic Transfusion Reaction (“HTR”).
Can dogs receive human blood? Yes, just like humans our canine companions can also donate blood. All blood isn’t the same, and there are many differences between species, which means human blood cannot be given to pets. In fact, the first successful recorded blood donation was not human-to-human, but was in fact dog-to-dog.
Do dogs have different blood groups like humans? Just like people, dogs have different blood types and when they need a transfusion, a unit of the same blood type should be given. We type for DEA 1 in the UK and dogs can either be DEA 1 positive or DEA 1 negative.
Do dogs have 13 blood types? You’ll find different numbers of dog blood types listed; as many as 13 group systems have been identified but six are most commonly recognized. Dogs can be classified as positive or negative for each DEA (dog erythrocyte antigen).