Dogs that become blood donors save other dogs lives. This is because, blood transfusions are given by the veterinarians during operations or procedures when pets are involved in accidents, or other serious causes of blood loss.
Like human blood, dog blood contains many different components such as red blood cells, plasma or even platelets. These different elements are often beneficial or lifesaving.
Once the blood has been donated it is stored within the vet hospital. To be given to a dog in need it is warmed to body temperature and then very slowly given as a blood transfusion to the sick or injured dog.
For your dog to be a volunteer blood donor there are some criteria:
- Fit and healthy
- Between 1 – 8 years old
- Weigh 25kg+
- Be a happy dog
- Have never travelled abroad
- Be regularly vaccinated
On becoming a volunteer in the blood donor programme the after hour vets run a complimentary health check. This is to understand the physical health of your dog, its history and ensure that they are in condition to be part of the programme.
The happiness of your pet is of paramount importance. Our goal is to ensure the donation process is as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. During the donation process 450 ml of blood is taken.
The support of the local community is always appreciated by families in the future who might need care. For questions, or for your dog to become part of the blood donor programme contact the hospital either by phone or email