Pet Always Itchy? It May Be Atopy

atopic, allergiesIf your dog or cat has environmental allergies, chances are that you have heard the term “atopy.” Atopy is one of the most common causes of chronic itching in pets, and refers to animals that have a genetic predisposition for developing reactions to allergens in the environment such as dust, pollen, and molds. Continue…

Donate! How Our Blood Bank Saves Lives

Did you know that Oakland Veterinary Referral Services runs its very own blood bank? The Buddies for Life Blood Bank has been a great success and has helped to save the lives of many animals. The products we keep benefit sick dogs and cats at our hospital and those in need at surrounding facilities. Blood products that we collect include:

  • Packed red blood cells

This product contains only red blood cells, the cells that are vital for carrying oxygen throughout the body. Animals that are anemic, due to issues such as blood loss, infection, or autoimmune problems, can benefit. Continue…