|Title||Risk of transmittable blood-borne pathogens in blood units from blood donor dogs in Canada|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2021|
|Authors||Nury C, Blais MC, Arsenault J|
|Journal||J Vet Intern Med|
|Keywords||blood banking; canine vector-borne diseases; infectious diseases; transfusion medicine|
Of 1779 blood units, 0.56% were antibody-positive for Anaplasma phagocytophilum/platys and 0% for Ehrlichia canis/ewingii. After exclusion of antibody-positive units to Anaplasma spp., 1.1% of 6140 blood units were PCR-positive to Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Bartonella spp., Brucella canis, "Candidatus Mycoplasma haematoparvum," Mycoplasma haemocanis, or a combination of these pathogens. Babesia spp., Ehrlichia spp., and Leishmania spp. were not detected. Units from the first blood collection from a dog had higher odds of testing PCR-positive (P < .001) for at least 1 pathogen than units from subsequent collections.