The emergency vet hospital often reaches out to the local community for dogs to become blood donors to help save other dogs lives. Most nights, blood transfusions are needed by the veterinary surgeons during operations or procedures when pets are involved in accidents or other serious causes of bleeding such as poisoning.
Like human blood, dog blood contains many different components. During an emergency, dogs can need red blood cells, plasma or even platelets which can be very beneficial or in some cases lifesaving. Once the blood has been donated it is stored within the vet hospital and then warmed to body temperature before being given in a blood transfusion to a 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
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. During the donation 450 ml of blood is taken. The happiness of your pet is of paramount importance and to make the donation process as relaxed and enjoyable as possible for everyone involved.
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 Tel: 9200 4460 Email:email@example.com