Canine Blood Donors

I have known for many years that dogs can donate blood and that the bigger the dog the better it is. Despite having the dogs names down at the vets we were never called until Bellamy’s service was required by my vet. Since then he has been called upon from another branch of the Village Vet.  The last time Bellamy was used they used his blood on two dogs and so far all of the dogs he used have survived.

 

We recently received a phone call from a different branch for Bellamy to be used again. I explained that he had recently been used and suggested that they use Baruch.  Because it was Baruch’s first time they shaved a small patch on his front leg, took a small amount of blood cross matched it and did a blood count.  His blood count was 52 which apparently is very good. Next they shaved a small amount from his neck revealing his jugular and injected local anaesthetic. The next step was to put a canula in the vein and proceed to collect the blood. Baruch sat the whole time and although he was not happy stayed reasonably still through the whole procedure

Why do I let my dogs donate blood? Firstly I would want someone to do it for them and secondly to show that they are gentle giants. In this day and age with aggressive dogs hitting the headlines we need to show that our giants are not aggressive and can because of their wonderful temperament help other dogs.

 

My dogs only donate though my vets. There is a mobile blood bank but its never been near enough for us to go to. The link to their details is http://www.petbloodbankuk.org/

If you would like your dog to be considered as a donor there are certain criteria that they need to meet regardless of whether you just go on the list at your bank or regular donations at the blood bank

Donors should:

  • be aged between one and eight years old
  • weigh more than 25kg
  • have a good temperament
  • never have travelled abroad
  • be up to date on all vaccinations
  • be fit and healthy
  • not be on any medication

 

Facts Checked by Simon Hayes 
BVM&S, MRCVS

 

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