A four-week-old kitten who was on the brink of death was saved by a transfusion of dog's blood.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe canine blood kept Ellie, who weighs 10 ounces alive, as the rare life-saving procedure, xenotransfusion, was performed because there was not enough to find a suitable cat donor.\r\n\r\nNew Beginnings Cat Rehoming charity founder, Maureen Franklin, who played a \u201cvital role\u201d in Ellie\u2019s recovery alongside the vets and nurses said she got a call overnight regarding Ellie\u2019s health.\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u00a0\u201cShe was absolutely covered in fleas and when we got her to the vets she had no red cells and her gums were actually white. She needed a transfusion and because it was so urgent, they did that with blood from a dog.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u00a0The veterinary nurse from Vets Now in Gateshead, Helen Spry, performed the procedure as well as allowing her own dog, Bella, to act as a temporary blood donor.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe xenotransfusion procedure kept the kitten alive in the short term, but she \u201csoon took a turn for the worse again.\u201d\r\n\r\nFranklin put out an urgent call to her charity\u2019s 6000 followers as cat\u2019s blood is a little harder to find in comparison to dogs blood.\r\n\r\nOne of the followers said they had a healthy cat who might have fit the bill, Vets Now found she was a suitable donor. Franklin said: \u201cThe donor cat was an absolutely perfect match, so it was able to go ahead in the nick of time.\u201d\u00a0\r\n\r\n\u00a0\u201cEllie was suffering from severe anaemia,\u201d said emergency vet Sara Jackson, who is the district clinical lead for the Vets Now Gateshead clinic.\r\n\r\n\u00a0\u201cBlood transfusions between two species are not common. But if we didn't do it, she would have died, so we had nothing to lose. Although the xenotransfusion kept her going for several days, it wasn\u2019t enough and she deteriorated again and we needed to organise a feline blood donor.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u00a0Spry added: We had multiple critical cases in the clinic that night and our vet nurse Helen said \u2018let's try a blood transfusion\u2019 because there was no other option Helen was transfusing the kitten while closely monitoring another critical patient I was working on."