Questions & Answers for Dog Owners

Oxyglobin Solution Questions & Answers For Dog Owners  

What is Anemia?

Anemia is the result of complications or diseases (e.g. car accident, kidney disease). Anemia is the shortage of red blood cells in your pet's blood. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin, which carries oxygen throughout your pet's body. A shortage of red blood cells results in reduced oxygen delivery to tissues and organs, which in severe cases can lead to cell damage, organ dysfunction or death. Anemia is a common problem in sick or injured dogs.

How do you test for anemia?

A simple blood test measures the number of red blood cells in your pet's blood. Based on this number, the veterinarian can determine whether or not your pet is anemic. This test is easy and accurate.

What are the signs of anemia?

Common signs of anemia include pale gums and skin, exhaustion, panting (shortness of breath), general discomfort, lack of appetite and mental dullness.

What causes anemia?

There are many causes of anemia in pets. Only through evaluation by your veterinarian can the cause of your pet's anemia be determined.

Common Causes:
  • Blood Loss
  • Trauma/Accident
  • Flea or parasite infestation
  • Surgery
  • Ingesting toxic chemicals
  • Chronic disease (e.g. kidney failure)
  • Bone marrow disease
  • Immune system malfunction

Is there a cure for anemia?

An anemic dog has a good chance for complete recovery if the cause of the anemia is identified and treated in a timely fashion. Depending on the cause and extent of the anemia, it may take three to four weeks for your pet's body to restore its red blood cell count to a normal level. In the meantime, your veterinarian may recommend a blood transfusion or administration of Oxyglobin. The benefits and risks of either of these treatments for a particular dog should be discussed with your veterinarian.

What is Oxyglobin?

Oxyglobin is a drug that is approved in the United States and the European Union for the treatment of anemia in dogs, regardless of the cause. The product consists of chemically stabilized hemoglobin (the protein that carries oxygen) formulated in a balanced salt solution. When administered intravenously, this stabilized hemoglobin immediately circulates in the plasma (the fluid part of blood) and delivers oxygen to the body's tissues and organs. 

What are the common side effects associated with Oxyglobin?

The most common side effects of Oxyglobin are discoloration of the skin, mucous membranes and urine. The use of Oxyglobin is contraindicated in dogs with impaired cardiac function or other conditions that predispose to circulatory overload. Patients should be monitored for signs of circulatory overload such as coughing, dyspnea (difficulty breathing), pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) and pleural effusion (fluid in the chest cavity). The safety and efficacy of repeat administration have not been determined. Other adverse reactions such as vomiting and melena (dark colored feces) have occurred.

Laboratory Interference Reference Guide

For individuals interested in the impact of hemoglobin based oxygen carriers on laboratory assays.

Learn More


Oxyglobin® Solution Use Video

View an Oxyglobin® Solution video case study of a dog with thrombocytopenia and IMHA being administered Oxyglobin.