Your dog can be a hero and donate life-giving blood.
Dogs, like humans, occasionally need blood transfusions. Due to injury or disease dogs need blood transfusions. HemoSolutions, a Colorado Springs-based blood bank, was established to address the nationwide shortage of blood for dogs. If your dog is qualified she/he can save lives and help other dogs around the country.
Criteria for dog donors:
- Be healthy, obedient and even-tempered
- Be between the ages of 1 and 8 years old
- Weigh at least 50 pounds
- Have all vaccinations up-to-date
- Receive heartworm preventative April through October
- Be willing to donate at least 6 times a year
Once your dog is approved as a donor, she/he will be scheduled to donate a minimum of six times a year at a local veterinary clinic or other designated location. Occasionally, you may be called for emergency donations with the understanding that any donations beyond 6 times a year are voluntary. Your dog can safely donate as frequently as once a month, assuming good nutrition and iron supplementation are regularly provided.
The procedure takes 10 to 30 minutes and is not painful to your pet. The most common side effect may be mild bruising at the site of collection. Upon completion, you can take your dog home, however, strenuous exercise should be avoided for 1 to 2 days.
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