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Canine Blood Donors

December 22nd, 2005, 02:28 PM
This is something I've frankly never even thought of... dogs donating blood.
The only animal clinic in this province that operates this program is putting out a call for donors to build up their desperately short supplies.

Only screened large dogs can donate, the blood is taken from their jugular vein :eek: the procedure takes 10-15 min.

This is a wonderful program that saves animal lives,and the dog and owner are giving certain rewards for their admirable and generous gift.

I cant help but think though, unlike humans... asking a dog to lie still and calm on a table for this procedure would be a formidable task. Many dogs are quite stressed to just be at a veterinary clinic.
But,some are obviously able to do this, and kudos to them and their owners..:thumbs up

Has anyone here ever donated to this valuable program? Mine is too small.. but he is high strung, and especialy at the vets office.

How is your dog when at the vets? Calm and collected.. or nervous and edgy? ptA8l7cxMzTGKdNcLqUUwA%3D%3D

December 22nd, 2005, 04:31 PM
Yeah, Boo is very anxious at the vet...

Only screened large dogs can donate, the blood is taken from their jugular vein the procedure takes 10-15 min.
From all the blood tests I've witnessed, it seems to be easiest from the jugular. The way they lift the head up immobilizes the doggy somehow...

I'd like to do it. Too bad it's only big doggies. Jemma's got the healthiest heart around. I think I'll still look into it.

December 22nd, 2005, 07:50 PM
My Bailey gave blood once but it wasn't from the jugular.He was a stray that I adopted from a shelter and he was positive for heartworms.Here on the south shore of Montreal,there is very few of these dogs,since Bailey is very calm and my vet can do wathever with him,he ask me if he could take a little more blood to show vet's students what it looks like when a dog is heartworm positive.I was the one turning my head so I couldn't see the blood!Bailey was an angel,like always.And is now heartworm free!Yipeee

December 23rd, 2005, 11:06 AM
Joey was a recipient. I was so grateful to the woman who brought her dog into the emergency hospital in the middle of the night so that he could have a transfusion. Apparently they had donors that they called on an as needed basis. They didn't have any stored, or they didn't have any that were a good match stored. I'm not sure which. But a woman who works there called home and had them bring her dog in, since he's one of their donors. It was very generous.

December 23rd, 2005, 03:11 PM
Montana loves the vet. He would probably make a pretty good donor.

December 26th, 2005, 11:17 PM
My Dawgs all luuuuvvvvv going to the vet and don't seem squeamish about having blood taken/ needles. Does anyone know if donations can be made at any animal hospital or only in the emerg clinics? Toronto in particular.

December 26th, 2005, 11:47 PM
How large does the dog have to be?

I was thinking about this too.

December 26th, 2005, 11:54 PM
I found a place in Kingston...

December 26th, 2005, 11:57 PM
And Vancouver...

December 27th, 2005, 12:02 AM
And Maryland (that's MD right?)

December 27th, 2005, 12:03 AM

December 27th, 2005, 12:08 AM
Albertans can call the number on this site:

December 27th, 2005, 12:32 AM
Well, Willow loses out by 10 lbs... they have to be at least 50 lbs to do it.

You get really good stuff for doing it though:

1. A complete blood count profile (CBC test) plus heartworm screening at each donation
2. Complimentary blood typing and a blood type collar tag
3. Complimentary canine blood profile testing for Babesia canis, Ehrlicia spp., Haemobartenalla spp., and Lyme Disease.
4. Clicker and clicker training information
5. A "K9 Blood Donor" Bandana
6. If your dog requires a blood transfusion, the blood products will be provided at no cost to your veterinarian, for the lifetime of the animal.

December 27th, 2005, 12:37 AM
Yeah, there's one that does free microchipping on your second donation...

December 27th, 2005, 12:39 AM
Cool, 'cept my dog is already chipped.

I would love to do this... it's a great service, and getting the free blood if needed would be a great insurance to have. But, alas, such is life.

December 27th, 2005, 12:46 AM
I don't know how rigid they are about the 50lbs... Seems to me a thin, active 40lb doggy would be better than a fat 50lb doggy, no?